Bette Midler to be honored by Songwriters Hall of Fame
It’s nice to see a true artist recognized by the Songwriters Hall of Fame for the way she has made hits and enduring standards of a number of songwriters’ work. We noticed this report in the Wall Street Journal, and couldn’t help but add something we think is important: the names of the two songwriters who created “The Wind Beneath My Wings,” the song that became Bette Midler’s signature work. The two co-writers are Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar. And maybe we’ll just throw in that the song was originally considered Country and won both the CMA and ACM awards for the version recorded by Gary Morris. Interestingly, a number of top artists passed on it when it was being pitched as a new song in Nashville. Here’s the WSJ article:
NEW YORK — Bette Midlers voice has helped make songs like “Wind Beneath My Wings” classics, and now she’ll be honored for that gift.
Midler is set to receive the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 14 in New York. The organizations chairman, Jimmy Webb, says Midler “captivated the world” with her “stylish presentation and unmistakable voice, making each song her own.”Past Sammy Cahn honorees include Dick Clark, Neil Diamond and Tony Bennett.The Songwriters Hall of Fame is inducting Bob Seger, Gordon Lightfoot, Don Schlitz, Harvey Schmidt and Tom Jones, and Jim Steinman this year.