John Prine

On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her

On Bette Midler's birthday, 10 songs that remind us why we fell in love with her

“Did you ever know that you’re my hero?”

“From a distance, there is harmony!”

“Some say love, it is a river.”

Ask any casual Bette Midler fan (or anyone born beyond 1990) about the diva’s discography, and they’ll likely name that trio of tear-jerking hits: “Wind Beneath My Wings,” “From a Distance” and “The Rose.”

For Bette diehards, though — this writer included — the Divine Miss M’s catalog brims with provocative performances that play up an overlooked aspect of her artistry: She’s a magnetic, and...

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