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Editors’ Notes

Director Mark Rydell’s 1991 WWII-Korea-Vietnam USO show odyssey not only netted Bette Midler her second Best Actress Academy Award nomination (and a Golden Globe win), but shrewdly allowed the irrepressible chanteuse to revisit some of the original Divine Ms M roots that had yielded her first chart hit in 1973, an energetic cover of the Andrews Sisters’ “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Midler wisely tones down that recording’s camp factor in the collection’s covers of ‘40s-‘50s standards by Loesser, Mercer, Arlen, et. al., then uses Rydell’s era-spanning cinematic backdrop as a showcase for her remarkable musical range. Whether engaging in a good-natured duet with her croon-impaired costar James Caan on “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” coaxing every bittersweet nuance from Lennon-McCartney’s “In My Life,” or turning contemporary ballad-meister/one-woman hit factory Diane Warren’s “Every Road Leads Back to You” into an expectedly emotive showcase, Midler’s powerful, expressive voice makes them all distinctly her own.

Customer Reviews

Bette and the Soundtrack much better than the movie

All the pieces here are wonderful and capture some of the vocal style Bette would latter display on tributes to Peggy Lee and Rosemary Clooney. Only weak numbers here are ones that don't stand alone outside of the film (tracks 4, 5, 8,). Bette captures an era gone bye with an easy style and channels Betty Hutton on "Stuff Like That There". Every Road Leads Back to You played over film credits and was more for radio play and listeners who liked "From a Distance". Add Dreamland to your holiday music play list!

Awesome Movie, Awesome Soundtrack

Hard to believe someone could not like the movie...yes it is sad...most stories of war are, but it's also about perseverence. Bette Midler is fabulous in anything she does - has never done a movie or sang a song I didn't like. My mom remembers WWII very well - she loved this movie and the music - took her back in time. Watch the movie - the soundtrack then makes a whole lot more sense - you'll want to listen to it again and again and again!

One of the best Soundtracks ever

I wish more movies had Bette Midler in them.


Born: December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, HI

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bette Midler counts singing as only one of her talents. Still, she has managed to score a number of major hits in a roller-coaster career as a recording artist. Born in Paterson, New Jersey and raised in Hawaii, Midler showed an interest in singing and acting early on, and by the '60s she had moved to New York and gotten a role in the long-running Broadway hit Fiddler on the Roof. Midler developed a nightclub act that included comedy and singing of a variety of kinds of material, including show tunes,...
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For the Boys (Music from the Motion Picture), Bette Midler
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Soundtrack, Music
  • Released: 1991

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