Columbia Records will release Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook, as both a traditional CD and as a DualDisc, on Tuesday, October 25.
Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook reunites Bette with producer Barry Manilow, her original piano accompanist and musical director. In 2003, Manilow--who produced Midler's first two breakthrough albums, Divine Ms. M (1972) and Bette Midler(1973)--helmed Bette's Grammy-nominated RIAA gold-certified Columbia Records debut, Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook, her highest-charting album of the SoundScan era.
Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook pays tribute to the enduring brilliance and fantastic range of one of the most alluring female jazz vocal stylists of all time, Miss Peggy Lee. Bette Midler conjures soulful interpretations of Peggy Lee's most memorable songs including the Grammy-winning signature tunes "Fever" and "Is That All There Is?" as well as "Alright, Okay, You Win," "I Love Being Here With You" (duet with Barry Manilow), "Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe," "I'm A Woman," "He's A Tramp," "The Folks Who Live On The Hill," "Big Spender," and "Mr. Wonderful."
The DualDisc edition of Bette Midler Sings The Peggy Lee Songbook includes a DVD side with all ten album tracks in enhanced PCM stereo, five complete songs including a version of "Is That All There Is?" recorded live-in-the-studio, never-before-seen home movie footage of Peggy Lee, archival TV and film appearances by Peggy Lee, and interviews with Bette Midler and Peggy Lee's daughter, Nicki Lee Foster, and granddaughter, Holly Foster-Wells.
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One of the world's best-loved and most versatile entertainers, Bette Midler has garnered accolades in all quarters of show business. She's earned four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year (1989: "Wind Beneath My Wings"; 1990: "From A Distance") and Record of the Year (1989: "Wind Beneath My Wings"); two Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and nine American Comedy Awards.
Her SRO tours have placed historically in the Top 5 grossing concerts in a calendar year. Ms. Midler has sold more than 14 million albums over the course of her career and holds 25 gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications from the RIAA for her albums and singles including her most recent gold album, Bette Midler Sings The Rosemary Clooney Songbook.
--- from the official Bette Midler website