Grammy Award winning singer and legendary performer Bette Midler returns to the studio to release ‘It’s The Girls!’, a stunning new album that pays tribute to girl groups through the ages. ‘It’s The Girls!’ is a jaunty and celebratory collection of some of the greatest harmonies performed by girl groups such as The Ronettes, The Boswell Sisters, The Andrew Sisters, The Chiffons as well as Motown acts like Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, and The Marvelettes, among others. The album is due out on Warner Bros. Records November 4th, 2014 and East West Records / Warner Music UK on November 17th, 2014.
“A long time ago I fell in love with voices in harmony,” said Midler. “In particular, the sound of female voices singing together. There were so many great girl groups in those days, I still listen as avidly as I ever did. This record is a small attempt to honor them for all the joy they brought to me and the world.”‘It’s The Girls!’ reunites Bette Midler with long-time collaborator and Award-winning composer Marc Shaiman who produced the album. ‘It’s The Girls!’ features 15 songs that span time from The Andrews Sisters’ original performance of Bei Mir Bist Du Schön in 1937 to R&B group TLC’s 1994 hit song, Waterfalls. On the title track, Midler offers a brilliant rendition of The Boswell Sisters (known for their unpredictable harmonies and key changes) tempo-shifting pop classic It’s The Girl. The album effortlessly showcases Midler’s distinctive and versatile vocal range while honoring timeless classic melodic harmonies.
One of the world's best-loved and most versatile entertainers, Bette Midler has garnered accolades in all quarters of show business. She's earned four Grammy Awards including Song of the Year (1989: Wind Beneath My Wings; 1990: From A Distance) and Record of the Year (1989: Wind Beneath My Wings); two Academy Award nominations, three Emmy Awards, one Tony Award, three Golden Globe Awards, and nine American Comedy Awards. Bette Midler has recorded 13 studio albums and has gone on to sell over 30 million albums worldwide.
Details for Bette Midler’s forthcoming tour will be announced soon.
The songs on the album ‘It’s The Girls!’ are as follows:
01 / BE MY BABY Originally performed by The Ronettes
02 / ONE FINE DAY Originally performed by The Chiffons
03 / BEI MIR BIST DU SCHÖN Originally performed by The Andrews Sisters
All Vocals by Bette Midler
04 / BABY IT'S YOU Originally performed by The Shirelles
All Vocals by Bette Midler
05 / TELL HIM Originally performed by The Exciters
06 / HE'S SURE THE BOY I LOVE (duet with Darlene Love) Originally performed by The Crystals
07 / MR. SANDMAN Originally performed by The Chordettes
08 / COME AND GET THESE MEMORIES Originally performed by Martha & The Vandellas
09 / TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA Originally performed by The Marvelettes
10 / TEACH ME TONIGHT Originally performed by The DeCastro Sisters
11 / WATERFALLS Originally performed by TLC
12 / YOU CAN'T HURRY LOVE Originally performed by The Supremes
13 / GIVE HIM A GREAT BIG KISS Originally performed by The Shangri-Las
14 / WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW Originally performed by The Shirelles
15 / IT'S THE GIRL Originally performed by The Boswell SistersAll Vocals by Bette Midler