Bette Midler “Hurricane”
(song written by Bette Midler and Randy Kerber)
…from the 1979 album Thighs and Whispers.
Bette’s fifth album is probably her most underrated. It’s got some well known tunes like “Big Noise From Winnetka”, “Married Men“ and a decent cover of Johnny Bristol’s “Hang on in There Baby” but also includes some really good gems like “Cradle Days” and her moving cover of James Taylor’s “Millworker”.
Bette’s voice really shines on this album.
I always thought Hurricane was “hit worthy”. I used to play it on ‘Classic Disco Sundays’ when I was a fill-in DJ way back in the 90s.
Why wasn’t it a hit?
Rumor has it that, during the release party for one of the single off of her new album, an exhausted Bette Midler was verbally accosted by a radio DJ who didn’t like the new song. Apparently, he was waving the 45 record in her face, so Bette snatched it out of his hand, threw it on the floor, smashed it with her heel, and told him, “Well then don’t play it!” The humiliated and angry DJ vowed to never play another Bette Midler song on his station again. That was that.
Bette’s new tour “Divine Intervention” begins Friday. ...and of course I have tickets! Yay! 😀
Unfortunately, Love isn’t a fan. So he’s staying home. On the bright side, I get to take a really good friend who, if it’s at all possible, will probably have a better time than me. 😛