Bette Midler On 'Song Travels'

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"In a way, I use music like we use the Internet," Bette Midler says. "One link brings you to another link, and from that link you move onto another. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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 "In a way, I use music like we use the Internet," Bette Midler says. "One link brings you to another link, and from that link you move onto another.

"In a way, I use music like we use the Internet," Bette Midler says. "One link brings you to another link, and from that link you move onto another.

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The Divine Miss M — singer, actress and comedian Bette Midler — is Song Travels host Michael Feinstein's guest for an hour of pure radio fun. Midler opens a crate of favorite tunes from her record collection, from Louis Jordan to vintage Hawaiian music to Destiny's Child, along with stories from her multifaceted career.

Here, Feinstein presents her with a solo arrangement of "And I'll Be There," a song written for her by the legendary songwriting team of Alan and Marilyn Bergman.

Playlist

Spike Jones, "Cocktails For Two" (S. Jones)

Genoa Keawe, "Alika" (Traditional)

Michael Feinstein, "And I'll Be There" (D. Grusin, M. Bergman, A. Bergman)*

Bette Midler, "Billy-A-Dick" (H. Carmichael)

Harry Nilsson, "For Me And My Gal" (H. Nilsson, G. Jenkins, G. Meyer, E. Leslie, E.R. Goetz)

Johnny Mercer, Rosemary Clooney, "The Whatchamacallit" (J. Mercer, R. Clooney)

Anita O'Day, "Tea for Two" (Y. Youmans, I. Caesar)

Pearl Bailey, "Laziest Gal In Town" (C. Porter)

Ethel Waters, "Suppertime" (I. Berlin)

Destiny's Child, "Bills, Bills, Bills" (K. Burruss)

The Pajama Game Original Cast Recording, "Hernando's Hideaway" (R. Adler, J. Ross)

Louis Jordan, "Caldonia" (F. Moore)

Billie Holiday, "Violets For Your Furs" (M. Dennis, T. Adair)

Nina Simone, "Wild Is The Wind" (D. Tiomkin, N. Washington)

The Boswell Sisters, "It's The Girl" (C. Boswell)

Laura Nyro, "Eli's Coming" (L. Nyro)

Bette Midler, "Call Me Madame" (I. Berlin)

The program originally ran April 14, 2012.

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