is the debut studio album by American singer and actress The Divine Miss M 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 and reaching #1 on Billboard's Billboard Hot 100 Adult Contemporary chart.
The album was released on CD for the first time in 1990. A remastered version of the album was released by
Atlantic Records/ Warner Music in 1995.
A remastered deluxe edition was released in October 2016.
Track listing [ edit ]
Chapel of Love" (Single Mix)
Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, Phil Spector 2:44
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" (Single Version)
Don Raye, Hughie Prince 2:18
Do You Want to Dance?" (Single Mix)
Bobby Freeman 2:55
Friends" (Single Mix)
Mark Klingman, Buzzy Linhart 2:59
Old Cape Cod" (Earliest Recording & Mix) Claire Rothrock,
Milton Yakus, Allan Jeffrey 2:52
Marahuana" (Earliest Recording & Mix)
Arthur Johnston, Sam Coslow 2:32
Bonnie Bramlett, Leon Russell 5:08
Randy Meisner, Don Henley, Glenn Frey 3:09
"Mr. Freedom & I"
Mark Klingman 3:01
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 ]