Night and Day (Bette Midler song)

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"Night and Day"
Single by Bette Midler
from the album Some People's Lives
B-side "From a Distance"
Released January 15, 1991
Format CD single
Recorded 1990
Genre Pop
Length 5:30
Label Atlantic
Writer(s) Billie Hughes
Roxanne Seeman
Producer(s) Arif Mardin, Marc Shaiman
Bette Midler singles chronology
"From a Distance"
(1990)
"Night and Day"
(1991)
"The Gift of Love"
(1991)

"Night and Day" is a song written by Roxanne Seeman and Billie Hughes. Seeman and Hughes recorded a demo of the song performed by Billie Hughes. Seeman took the song demo to New York and dropped it off with a letter for Tunc Erim, A&R at Atlantic Records. A week later, Tunc Erim invited Seeman to lunch where he told her that Ahmet Ertegun and Doug Morris liked the song and wanted to show it to Mike Rutherford of Mike + The Mechanics. After the lunch, Seeman went to see Vicky Germaise in Arif Mardin's office at the Atlantic Recording Studios. Germaise asked Seeman if she had another copy and overnighted the demo to Arif Mardin who was in Los Angeles, producing Bette Midler's upcoming album.

"Night and Day" was recorded by Bette Midler for her Some People's Lives album. It was produced by Arif Mardin, with Marc Shaiman serving as associate producer, and Joseph Jack Puig as the recording and mix engineer. It was arranged by Arif Mardin, Billie Hughes, and Joe Mardin.

"Night and Day" is the second single from Some People's Lives. It was released to adult contemporary radio and stayed on the chart for 15 weeks, peaking at #15. The release to mainstream radio came later. As "Night and Day" was ascending the Billboard Hot 100, the Gulf War broke out, focusing attention back on the first single, "From A Distance". "Night and Day" remained on the Hot 100 for 7 weeks.

"Night and Day" by Bette Midler was also released as a single in Japan. It is included on a Bette Midler collection released in Australia.

"Night and Day" is included in A Gift of Love, 2015 greatest hits album by Bette Midler focusing on her hit ballads.

Video[edit]

Bette Midler's video for "Night and Day" was directed by Meiert Avis.

Chart performance[edit]

Country Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[1] 84
US Billboard Hot 100 62
US Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks 15

Television performances[edit]

  • Oprah Winfrey's "International Men's Show"
  • VH1's Behind the Music - Bette Midler
  • One Life to Live
  • Another World
  • Santa Barbara
  • Passions

Other versions[edit]

  • Billie Hughes included a version of "Night and Day" on his Welcome to the Edge album which charted #1 in Japan.
  • The Japanese hit duo Wink released a Japanese version of "Night and Day".
  • Jasmine released a Mandarin version of "Night and Day".
  • Cherrie Tsoi released a Cantonese version of "Night and Day".

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing.