is the debut album by American female The Divine Miss M vocalist Bette Midler, released in 1972 on the Atlantic Records label. The title of the album refers to Midler's famous stage persona.
The album was co-produced by Barry Manilow, and includes several songs that since have become repertoire standards, such as "
Do You Want to Dance?", " Chapel of Love", "Hello In There", " Friends" and " Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy".
The Divine Miss M reached the Top Ten on Billboard 's album chart and was later awarded a Platinum Disc by the RIAA. In 1973, the album won Midler a Grammy Award for Best New Artist. "Do You Want to Dance?", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" and "Friends" were all Top 40 hit singles from the album, with "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" climbing to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 and reaching #1 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
The album was digitally remastered and reissued on CD by
Atlantic Records/ Warner Music in 1995 without bonus tracks.
Tracklist [ edit ]
Do You Want to Dance?" ( Bobby Freeman) - 2:44 "
Chapel of Love" ( Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) - 2:55 "
Superstar" ( Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell) - 5:11 "Daytime Hustler" (Jeff Kent) - 3:34
Am I Blue?" ( Harry Akst, Grant Clarke) - 5:25
Friends" ( Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:50 "Hello In There" (
John Prine) - 4:17 "
Leader of the Pack" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, George Morton) - 3:30 "
Delta Dawn" ( Larry Collins, Alex Harvey) - 5:18 "
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" ( Don Raye, Hughie Prince) - 2:25 "Friends" (Reprise) (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:54
Personnel [ edit ]
Bette Midler -
Cissy Houston - backing vocals, track: A1 Tender Loving Care (Renelle Broxton, Diedre Tuck, Beverly McKenzie) - backing vocals, track: A1
Gail Kantor - backing vocals, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
Melissa Manchester - backing vocals, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6 Merle Miller - backing vocals, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
Barry Manilow - piano & rhythm track Pat Rebillot - piano, track B1
Dickie Frank - guitar
David Spinozza - guitars
Ron Carter - bass guitar Michael Federal - bass guitar, backing vocals track B4
Ray Lucas -
drums Kevin Ellman - drums
Ralph MacDonald - percussion instruments
Thom Bell - horn and string arrangement, track A1 Gene Orloff -
violin, track B1 Emanuel Green - violin, track B1
Selwart Clarke -
viola, track B1 Kermit Moore -
cello, track B1 William S. Fischer - string arrangement, track B1
Don Arnone - guitar, track B5
Dick Hyman - piano, track B5
Milton Hinton - bass, track B5 Ted Sommer - drums, track B5
Marty Nelson - vocal arranger, track B5
Arif Mardin - arrangement, track B5
Production [ edit ]
Ahmet Ertegün - producer, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
Barry Manilow - producer, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6 Geoffrey Haslam - producer, tracks: A2 to A4, B3, B4, B6
Joel Dorn - producer, tracks: A1, A5, B1, B2, B5 Lew Hahn -
recording engineer Barry Manilow -
musical arranger, musical conductor
Richard Amsel - cover illustration Richard Mantel - cover art direction & design
Kenn Duncan - backliner photo
Remixed by: Geoffrey Haslam, Lew Hahn, Bob Liftin
Remixed at Regent Sound Studios and Atlantic Studios
Recorded at Atlantic Recording Studios, New York.
References [ edit ]
^ Buss, Bryan. The Divine Miss M at AllMusic
^ Robert Christgau review