The Divine Miss M

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The Divine Miss M
Studio album by Bette Midler
Released November 7, 1972
Recorded Atlantic Recording Studios, New York, New York
Genre Vocal
Length 41:03
Label Atlantic
Producer Barry Manilow, Joel Dorn, Geoffrey Haslam
Bette Midler chronology
The Divine Miss M
(1972)
Bette Midler
(1973)
Singles from The Divine Miss M
  1. "Do You Want to Dance?"
    Released:
  2. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy"
    Released:
  3. "Friends"
    Released:
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau A− [2]

The Divine Miss M is the debut album by American female 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]

Side A[edit]

  1. "Do You Want to Dance?" (Bobby Freeman) - 2:44
  2. "Chapel of Love" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector) - 2:55
  3. "Superstar" (Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell) - 5:11
  4. "Daytime Hustler" (Jeff Kent) - 3:34
  5. "Am I Blue?" (Harry Akst, Grant Clarke) - 5:25

Side B[edit]

  1. "Friends" (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:50
  2. "Hello In There" (John Prine) - 4:17
  3. "Leader of the Pack" (Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, George Morton) - 3:30
  4. "Delta Dawn" (Larry Collins, Alex Harvey) - 5:18
  5. "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (Don Raye, Hughie Prince) - 2:25
  6. "Friends" (Reprise) (Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart) - 2:54

Personnel[edit]

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]

  1. ^ Buss, Bryan. The Divine Miss M at AllMusic
  2. ^ Robert Christgau review