MIDLER AND MANILOW – ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA
Posted: Tue, May 3 2011 - 09:44 AM
Yeah, I like Bette Midler. When it comes to sheer cabaret showmanship, nobody does it better. If you've been to this site before, you may have seen an article entitled Bette Midler Bids Johnny Carson Adieu, where I posted a couple of videos of Bette serenading the Late Night King on his final show.
I've got another one here … that I am putting up for no other reason save for the fact that it makes me smile.
Bette – and her former piano player, Barry Manilow – together again, on a Today Show appearance in 2003, likely plugging Bette's tribute album to Rosemary Clooney. The best song on that album is their take on the Frank Loesser classic On a Slow Boat to China. They both go off key a bit during this performance but, the song is so damn happy and snappy, who cares?
Give a listen.
WORDSLINGER'S UPDATE: Well, folks, apparently within hours of this posting, the YouTube account from which I embedded the video was slapped with a copyright infringement and it was yanked. I don't know if I drew attention to it or not, but … sheesh, I AM plugging the album, I AM linking to its Amazon page … take free advertising where you can get it, people. Freaking record execs, man.
So, I went back to YouTube and found a homemade video featuring the album version of the same duet. It's embedded below the dead one, which I am leaving up on principal.
Category: Listen to this!