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Bette Midler Jackpot The Best of Best CD Available September 23

September 22, 2008
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Listen: Jackpot: The Best of Bette

Bette Midler is an artist of stunning versatility who can leave you in tears with a funny story or a sad song. A gifted actress and natural comedian, Midler is best known as an exceptional interpreter of song, winning four Grammy” Awards since her 1972 debut with Atlantic Records. As Midler continues to charm Sin City with her ongoing concert show at Caesars Palace, The Showgirl Must Go On, Rhino pays tribute to the Divine Miss M with a career-spanning collection of her biggest hits and an unreleased demo. JACKPOT — THE BEST BETTE will be available on September

23 from Rhino Records at all physical and digital outlets, including www.rhino.com, for a suggested list price of $18.98 for CD and $14.98 for digital download.

The 19-song retrospective paints a vibrant portrait of Midler’s uncanny ability to inhabit any style of music and make it her own. Taken from nine studio albums, this eclectic selection touches on girl group (“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy”), Top 40 (“Friends”), soul (“When A Man Loves A Woman”), standards (“This Ole House”), holiday (“Cool Yule”) and rock (“Beast Of Burden”).

JACKPOT also spotlights two of Midler’s most important musical milestones.  The first is “Wind Beneath My Wings,” her first #1 hit and winner of the

1989 Grammy Award for Record of the Year. The second is “From A Distance,” winner of the 1990 Grammy for Song of the Year and a #2 hit for Midler from her platinum-certified album Some People’s Lives.

Alongside the familiar melodies on JACKPOT is “Something Your Heart Has Been Telling Me,” an unreleased demo Midler recorded in the summer of

1984 with renowned songwriters Robert Kraft and Barry Reynolds. Kraft recalls cutting the track at Atlantic Studios: “I always thought there was some magic in those sessions, because the songs seemed to acquire a haunting, almost bittersweet quality as we laid down the tracks. Roberta Flack recorded this song several years later, but I have always been a fan of Bette’s original vocal on this version.”

Bette Midler Official Site: http://www.bettemidler.com

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