Idina Menzel Releases Holiday Album, Plots World Tour

by Noiz 3. December 2014 06:23

Idina Menzel Releases Holiday Album, Plots World Tour

At the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, which took place March 2, 2014, Pink sang the classic “Over the Rainbow.”  While the number did nothing more than make a long show longer, the diva absolutely hit it out of the park.  I think Pink is an underrated singer.  She has a great voice and proved it at the Oscars.

About six hours later, Bette Midler took the stage for another completely unnecessary performance.  She belted her signature tune, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”  Midler, who is more than 30 years her senior, sang Pink under the table.  Midler showed the world that she still has it.

Then, about five hours after that, John Travolta introduced “Adele Dazeem.”   You know her better by her professional name, Idina Menzel.  The Broadway superstar sang “Let It Go” from the animated movie Frozen.

Now, Pink’s performance was great and Midler’s was breathtaking but both paled in comparison to Menzel’s rendition of “Let It Go.”  She blew them both out of the water—it wasn’t even close. 

Pink and Midler are ah-mazing but they can’t hold Menzel’s sheet music.  I’m not saying this to disparage Pink and Midler—I’m big fans.  I’m saying this because Menzel is that damn good.

I know I’m a little bias towards Broadway stars but my ears don’t lie.  The best voices are not found in recording studios or at your local concert venues.  They’re found walking the boards on the Great White Way.

Of course, I write this in the wake of Menzel releasing a studio album and in anticipation of her world tour.  Her upcoming trek is great news for Menzel fans and those who appreciate phenomenal singing; it means you don’t have to travel to Manhattan to hear one of the world’s greatest voices perform live.

Frozen
Disney’s Frozen is the highest-grossing animated film of all-time.  Even more impressive, during a spring-time conference call Disney despot Robert Iger described Frozen as one of the “top five franchises” in the Mouse Ears’ stable.  That’s saying something since Disney is nothing but profitable franchises.   

Holiday Wishes
Holiday Wishes dropped Oct. 14, 2014.  The album is Menzel’s fourth overall and her first in six years.  And in case you’re wondering, Menzel (her real last name is spelled “Mentzel”) is Jewish.

Menzel’s offering contains a bunch of contemporary Christmas tunes including “Baby It’s Cold Outside” (a duet with Michael Bublé), Joni Mitchell’s “River,” and Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You.”

The collection also contains some borderline Christmas carols like “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?,” “When You Wish Upon a Star,” and Laura Nyro’s “Mother’s Spiritual.”

Also on the track listing is a new Noel ditty, “December Prayer.”  Menzel wrote the song with the album’s producer, Walter Afanasieff (who co-wrote “All I Want for Christmas Is You”), and the legendary Charlie Midnight. 

The Yuletide opus is already the bestselling record of Menzel’s career.  It eclipsed 100,000 in sales in less than two months and peaked at number ten on the Billboard 200.

Critics
The one complaint critics seems to have with Holiday Wishes is Idina Menzel’s over-singing.  Then again, that’s what pundits always say when a powerhouse set of pipes records a Christmas album. 

“Over-singing” was the main grievance critics had with Kelly Clarkson’s merry oeuvre Wrapped in Red.  Despite their whining, that album was my favorite reason of the 2013 Christmas season.

What are great singers supposed to do when it comes to Christmas material?  Yes, most Christmas songs are super easy to sing and the zeitgeist of the season lends itself to the understated coziness of crooners like Bing Crosby, Nat King Cole, and Burl Ives, but do we really need more homely renditions of “The Christmas Song,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” and “White Christmas” (Menzel recorded all three for her Holiday Wishes album)?

Menzel can sing.  So why should she hold back?  If you love Menzel’s voice (and you should) then you’ll love Holiday Wishes.   If you care more about the songs than the singer just skip buying her album and sing the carols yourself.

World Tour
Dublin hosts the first stop of the Idina Menzel world tour.  The singer has a total of six dates plotted for Ireland and the United Kingdom. 

Her first date in the U.S. is July 7 at the Altria Theater in Richmond, Virginia.  It ends Oct. 3 in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Bowl. 

Highlights of her robust itinerary include a July 11 performance at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut; a July 17 concert at the Nikon At Jones Beach Theatre in Wantagh, New York; an Aug. 11 appearance at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado; and an Aug. 29 gig at Tanglewood in Lenox, Massachusetts (she’s also playing the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion in Boston on Aug. 28).

Menzel has two stops scheduled for the Great White North.  She’ll be in Montreal on Sept. 1 and Toronto on Sept. 2.  There are gaps in her schedule so additional dates might be coming.

Setlist
Menzel hasn’t announced anything but expect her to play selections from Rent, Wicked, and If/Then.  She was in the original cast of all three of those musicals and each one earned her a Tony Award nomination for “Best Performance by a Leading Actress.”  She won the statue for portraying the green-skinned Elphaba in the insanely successful Wicked.

You might also hear selections from the other musicals she’s been associated with: The Wild Party, Hair, Aida, Funny Girl, and Chess.  She might even throw in "I Dreamed a Dream" from Les Misérables.  She sang that song on Glee.  Dollars to doughnuts, Menzel will end her show with “Let It Go” from Frozen.

Frozen   
Speaking of Frozen, Menzel got into a little bit of trouble recently when she insinuated that a sequel to Frozen was in the works.  She backed away from the claim during an appearance on NBC’s TODAY.  When asked about a Frozen sequel, as well as a stage adaptation, she responded by saying “I have no idea.”

Like any marginally intelligent person that’s tuned into pop culture, Menzel originally answered the question of a pending Frozen sequel and Broadway version with “they’re all in the works.”  If you or I are asked that question we’re going to answer the same way Menzel did. 

That’s not because we have inside knowledge (that’s assuming you don’t work for Disney).  It’s because we know that Disney is going to squeeze every last dime out of the Frozen franchise.  In other words, of course there’s going to be a sequel and a stage adaptation of Frozen!

Menzel’s backtracking doesn’t mean there won’t be a Frozen 2 or Frozen the Musical.  It just means the Mouse Ears told her to be quiet on the subject.  We all know a second movie and a Broadway show are in the works (as well as an amusement ride, a breakfast cereal, and chewable children vitamins).  It’s just that Menzel is one of the few people that can’t state the obvious. 

Judging from Menzel’s backtracking, she has no interest in landing a role in a stage adaptation of Frozen.  That probably goes without saying since the character she voiced, Elsa, is 21 and Menzel is a youthful 43.

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Nickelback Doesn’t Suck But Their Detractors Do

by Noiz 24. November 2014 10:21

Nickelback Doesn’t Suck But Their Detractors Do

Chances are good that you hate Nickelback.  Despising the Canadian quartet has become the chose à faire among rock fans.

It’s not only what rock fans do but it’s become the one thing everyone associates with the band.  In a recent New Yorker article Ian Crouch writes, in a piece that relatively drools over group, “Nickelback continues to be culturally relevant only because it remains famously hated.”

Some might say this hatred is waning.  Even though they still sell Nickelback tickets by the truck load, the band’s zenith is organically behind them (unless you’re U2 you can’t stay on top forever).  Certainly if you ask a young rock fan about Nickelback they’re likely to say, “Nickelback who?”

Judging from recent articles about the band’s latest album—No Fixed Address which dropped Nov. 17— Nickelback hatred is alive and well.

The Web site Fansided posted the headline: “People Finally Realize Nickelback Sucks As Album Flops.”

Huffpost Music Canada showed no love for their compatriots as they published the headline: “Nickelback Trade Stripper Anthems For Revolutionary Politics (Wait, What?).”

By far the worst culprit is this headline from The Verge: “Nickelback watched CNN for 15 minutes and wrote a political anthem about it.”

That snarky and spiteful title to an article about Nickleback’s latest single, “Edge of a Revolution (which is never mentioned in the body of the work), is based on this quote from frontman Chad Kroeger: “You turn on CNN and it’s like, ‘Wow!’ We’d have it on for 15 minutes and we’d have to shut it off because it was so depressing.”

To take Kroeger’s words and turn them into the aforementioned headline takes some deep seated animosity.  We’re talking a hatred that’s usually directed towards animal abusers, ex-lovers, and Kevin Federline.

The above headlines, plucked from about two minutes of internet searching, are nothing compared to the hate that has been previously heaped on the quartet from the Great White North.

>>Rolling Stone readers voted Nickelback the second worst band of the 1990s even though they only released one major label album in the decade.

>>Patrick Carney of the Black Keys famously railed: “Rock and roll is dying because people became O.K. with Nickelback being the biggest band in the world.”

>>Thousands of people signed an online petition protesting the booking of Nickelback to play the halftime show at a Detroit Lions Thanksgiving game and a similar petition was launched prior to their tour of Europe.

My favorite, however, came during a Nickelback concert in 2003 when an attendee gave the band the middle finger.  The story comes to us because Chad Kroeger desperately tried to have the gesture-wielding audience member removed from the venue.

How hateful do you have to be to attend a rock concert just so you can give the band the middle finger?  Even if the concert tickets and transportation to the venue were free, you still wasted hours of your life just to show a band your dissatisfaction.

Nickelback and their No Fixed Address Tour 2015 begin Feb. 14 in Allentown, Pennsylvania.   The band has dates scheduled all the way through Aug. 29.  I wonder how many “fools” will attend just so they can brandish their middle finger or hold up a sign that reads “Nickelback Sucks?”

I find the detestation of Nickelback quite hilarious.  It’s so disproportionate and extreme that it has made the band endearing, at least to me.  In fact, they’re one of my favorite groups.  I root for their success just so I can stick it to their rabid and ridiculous detractors.

Now, as the band begins their third decade of existence, rock pundits are beginning to dissect and examine the hatred they engender en masse.  In doing so, they use big words and pretentious phrases.  These exegeses aren’t profound and are generally more insulting than the usual Nickelback expositions. 

Examining the reason Nickelback is so excoriated doesn’t need huge vocabulary words or complicated arguments.  The reason Nickelback is hated is nothing more than pure unadulterated rock snobbery. 

Your vociferous hatred of Nickelback doesn’t make you sound “cool,” “smart,” and/or “edgy.”  It just makes you sound like a big jerk. 

Disliking Nickelback is safe and cost no political capital.  It’s the musical equivalent of saying “smoking cigarettes is bad.”   You’re not being pithy or rebellious.  You’re just being a cliché.

“Somebody sent me something recently (headlined) ‘Eight Reasons It’s Time To Stop Hating on Nickelback,’ but I don’t think that all the haters and the critics know how many favours that they’ve done for us.” — Chad Kroeger

In the late 1970s, Johnny Lydon wore a Pink Floyd T-shirt in which he wrote the words “I Hate” over the band’s name.  Agree or disagree with the frontman of The Sex Pistols, you have to admit that’s a statement.

I’m not advocating that you should like Nickelback.  Like whom you like.  There are many acts I find vapid and there’s a lot of music that makes me violently ill.  Instead of going to their concerts and giving them the bird, I do something else.  It’s a tad bit unconventional and extreme, but it works for me.  I don’t listen to music I don’t like.

I know it’s radical, some might even say outrageous, but it’s effective.  Ignoring music I don’t like saves time and money.  Basically, I’m exploiting a loophole in the U.S. legal system; there are no laws mandating that you must listen to Nickelback.

I also reject the notion that Nickelback is going to destroy rock and roll or that they’re the epitome of everything that’s wrong with the music industry.

Both notions are hyperbole.  If anything, the detriments to rock and roll are Nickelback detractors.  Nickelback is loud, fast, and strippers like to dance to their music—what’s more rock and roll than that?

Long live Nickelback and their throng of faithful fans.  While the band’s haters are hilarious, and a great source of entertainment, they should probably direct their negative energy somewhere else.  Say, into making the kind of music they actually want in their iTunes collection.

If you think you can do better than Nickelback then gather three of your friends, buy a bunch of instruments, and achieve the following...

...Sell 50 million albums
...Receive six Grammy Award nominations
...Win 12 Juno Awards
...Receive six platinum certifications from the RIAA
...Place six singles inside the top ten of the Billboard Hot 100
...For an entire decade, be the second best-selling foreign act in the United States
...Write and record a song that Billboard ranks as the top rock song of the decade (“How You Remind Me”)

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Kenny Chesney Touring In 2015 And Merging With Jason Aldean

by Noiz 20. November 2014 13:41

Kenny Chesney Touring In 2015 And Merging With Jason Aldean

Listen up “No Shoes Nation, the Kenny Chesney 2015 tour schedule is a little confusing so we’ll try to simplify it for you. 

Next year, Chesney will launch the “2015 Big Revival Tour.”  The tour will promote his 15th studio album, The Big Revival.  The opus dropped Sept. 23, 2014 and debuted at number one on the Top Country Albums chart and number two on the Billboard 200.  By the end of October, the album had sold more than 213,000 copies.

Tour Schedule
The “2015 Big Revival Tour” is set to kick off March 26 in Nashville, Tennessee.  That date may sound familiar to hardcore Chesney fans.  March 26 is the singer’s birthday.  In 2015, he’ll turn 47 years old. 

Chesney’s Web site, however, makes no mention of the March 26 date.  His Web site has his tour beginning May 2, 2015 in San Francisco, California at the new Levi’s Stadium.  It ends Aug. 29 in Foxboro, Massachusetts at Gillette Stadium (which is spelled wrong on his Web site’s landing page).  That’s the second of consecutive nights at the home of the New England Patriots.

Opening Acts
Depending on the date, Chesney’s opening acts will be Jake Owen, Brantley Gilbert, Eric Church, Chase Rice, and Cole Swindell.  This will be the third time Owen has joined a Kenny Chesney tour.  Church and Gilbert will each open five Kenny Chesney concerts.

“It’s about fresh faces people need to know.  If I can turn people on, or remind them of an artist like Jake, I know they’re gonna get a show that rocks them, but also opens up some new music.” — Kenny Chesney

Clearing Things Up
Now, here’s where the confusion sets in.  On certain dates, Kenny Chesney is “merging” his tour with Jason’s Aldean’s “Burn It Down Tour.”   Together Chesney and Aldean will be playing eleven concerts together, all at stadiums.

The merging of the tours doesn’t really have a name beyond the generic “Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean Stadium Tour.”  Confusion might arise if a publication is lazy in describing the unique situation or is telling the story from the perspective of just one performer.

‘Merge’ Is The Word
Bottom line, Chesney isn’t joining Aldean’s “Burn It Down Tour” and Aldean isn’t joining Chesney’s “2015 Big Revival Tour.”  They are just merging the two tours.  Like their poster says “Two Tours/One Big Night.”

For example, on July 25, Chesney and Aldean are performing at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.  Officially, that’s a stop on the “2015 Big Revival Tour” and a stop on the “Burn It Down Tour.”  It just so happens that the tours are playing at the same venue, on the same date, and at the same time!

Well, not exactly the same time.  After a litany of opening acts, Aldean will rock the stage first.  Then Chesney will close the show.

“There aren’t a lot of guys out there who can hit it the way Jason does, so I’m glad we’re able to bring both of our tours together for [several] nights this summer.  I know what me and the guys are bringing in terms of music, and I know Jason can hang with us.” — Kenny Chesney

With one exception, the opening acts for when the two tours merge are Brantley Gilbert and Cole Swindell.  The exception is the May 2 show in Santa Clara.  Gilbert is replaced on the marquee by Jake Owen.

Regardless of who's on the undercard, kudos to Chesney and Aldean for putting their egos aside and merging their tours.

Bro-Country
An upcoming Kenny Chesney concert will not only be soaked in alcohol but testosterone (I mean that figuratively, if you have concert tickets close to the stage you don’t have to bring a poncho or anything).  Depending on the date, you’ll have a combination of Chesney, Aldean, Owen, Gilbert, Church, Rice, and Swindell performing on the same stage.  Those guys are probably not going to sing "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)" or "You Belong With Me."

While the toilet seat may never go down backstage at a 2015 Kenny Chesney concert don’t call his brand of music “bro-country.”  Chesney has beef with that subgenre.  In a recent interview with Billboard magazine, Chesney spoke out against country musicians who disrespect the fairer sex.

“Over the last several years, it seems like anytime anybody sings about a woman, she’s in cutoff jeans, drinking and on a tailgate — they objectify the hell out of them.” — Kenny Chesney

Chesney went on to admit that he probably wrote a song like that when he was young but now claims that he “want(s) to say something different about women.”

I think we all admire Chesney’s sentiments and the fact that he admits to doing what he’s now denouncing, but is a woman decked out in cutoffs and drinking while on the back of a vehicle all that bad? 

It just sounds like she’s enjoying a beverage in casual attire.  Who knows maybe she’s a doctor on a day off or a lawyer on vacation?

Even if Chesney’s example was taken verbatim from a real country music song, it’s certainly paints a better picture than what Loretta Lynn sang about in the early 1970s: “One of them a toddlin' and one is a crawlin' and one's on the way.”

That line is from the song “One’s on The Way.”  It was written by a man, Shel Silverstein, and recorded by Lynn in 1971. 

Sadly, whether it’s 1971, or 2014, or 2071 you’re probably going to find at least one current song recorded by a popular musician that objectifies a woman.

I don’t necessarily think that every song that dresses a woman in cutoffs and has her imbibing while sitting on the back of the pickup truck is a product of misogyny.  I think, as Chesney alluded to, it’s more a product of age. 

Chesney is in his 40s.  A lot of the “bro country” artists are in the 20s.  There’s a huge difference in how guys in their 20s and guys in their 40s perceive women.  When you’re in your 20s, you like to see women wearing cutoffs.  When you’re in your 40s, well… you still like to see women in cutoffs, but you’re also interested in the mind behind those jean shorts.

The fact that Chesney, who’s in his mid-40s, wants to say something different about women is a good sign.  It shows that (at least) some men are getting the message through their thick skulls.

Hopefully, the next generation of male country music stars can write about cutoff-clad women who are drinking beer from the back of a truck with impunity.  Hopefully in the future, that image won’t be seen as objectifying but honoring clever ladies who know how to make a pair of jeans last.

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Bette Midler And The All-Girl Groups She Covered On Latest Album

by Noiz 13. November 2014 20:36

Bette Midler And The All-Girl Groups She Covered On Latest Album

Mark it down.

On May 8, 2015, Bette Midler tours for the first time in more than a decade.  That night, as well as the next, Midler will be at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida.  After stops in 20 North American cities, her trek concludes June 25 at Madison Square Garden in New York City.  Fans should also look for the 69-year-old singer in Las Vegas, Boston, and Chicago.

Midler is hitting the road to support her 14th studio album, and 25th overall, It’s The Girls!  For this opus, Midler covered songs that were originally made famous by all-girl groups—everyone from The Andrew Sisters to The Supremes to TLC.  "Each one of [the songs] meant something to me, for some reason," the singer explains.

Below, Clickitticket looks at each of the groups that inspired Midler.  Obviously, this estrogen-rich collection of music is very important to the legendary singer.  What’s not so obvious, and what some of her younger fans may not realize, is the all-girl groups Midler tapped are also important figures in the annals of popular music.  Midler introduced (or re-introduced) her fans to their music.  Now, Clickitticket introduces you to the all-girl groups behind the music.

Martha and the Vandellas
Midler covered their version of "Come and Get These Memories"

“Come and Get These Memories,” written by Holland–Dozier–Holland, was Martha and the Vandellas first big hit.  Their other biggies are “(Love Is Like a) Heat Wave,” “Nowhere to Run,” and “Jimmy Mack.” Of course, their signature song is "Dancing in the Street."  The band’s most famous lineup consisted of Martha Reeves, Rosalind Ashford, and Annette Beard.

The Andrews Sisters
Midler covered their version of "Bei Mir Bist du Schön"

Midler recorded "Bei Mir Bist du Schön," which is Yiddish for “To Me You’re Beautiful,” because her parents sang the song to her as a child.  LaVerne, Maxine, and Patricia were actual sisters and one of the most important all-female groups of the first half of the 20th century.  Their seminal hit was "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy," a song Midler recorded in 1972 for her debut album The Divine Miss M.

The Boswell Sisters
Midler covered their version of “It’s the Girl”

The Boswell Sisters were the blueprint for The Andrew Sisters as well as several other female vocal groups of the 1930s and 1940s.  Actual sisters, and led by the middle one Connee, the trio innovated vocal jazz and inspired generations of female singers.  In 1934, they recorded a song called “Rock and Roll” but it was their “Shout, Sister, Shout” that foreshadowed the genre.  “It’s the Girl” is the first record Midler ever owned.

The Chiffons
Midler covered their version of "One Fine Day"

Hailing from the Bronx, The Chiffons were one of the biggest all-girl vocal groups of the 1960s.  They are better known, however, for suing George Harrison for copyright infringement over his recording of “My Sweet Lord” (1970).  The Chiffons claimed (and a judge eventually agreed) that Harrison’s song sounded too much like their “He’s So Fine.”  “One Fine Day” was written by Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

The Chordettes
Midler covered their version of "Mr. Sandman"

The Chordettes formed in Sheboygan, Wisconsin and found success in the 1950s.  Their biggest hit is the song Midler covered for It’s The Girl!, “Mr. Sandman.”  The quartet rose to prominence singing a combination of close harmony and traditional pop.  Here’s another piece of trivia: The Chordettes appeared on the first nationally broadcasted episode of American Bandstand.

The Crystals
Midler covered their version of "He's Sure the Boy I Love"  

The Crystals were an all-girl group produced by Phil Spector that found success with three different lead vocalists: Barbara Alston, Darlene Love, and Dolores “La La” Brooks—although the middle incarnation (the one with Darlene Love) was actually The Blossoms.  Besides the song Midler recorded, The Crystals also scored big with “Uptown,” “He’s a Rebel,” and “Then He Kissed Me.”  Their most famous song is 1963’s “Da Doo Ron Ron.”

The DeCastro Sisters
Midler covered their version of “Teach Me Tonight”

The DeCastro Sisters are one of Livia Soprano’s favorite music groups.  The “Latin Andrew Sisters’” biggest hit is “Teach Me Tonight,” a song penned by Gene De Paul and Sammy Cahn.  In 1955, the siblings took their rendition of “Teach Me Tonight” all the way to number two.  Peggy, Cherie, and Babette DeCastro were raised in Havana, Cuba.

The Exciters
Midler covered their version of “Tell Him”

The Exciters are actually NOT an all-girl group.  They began as one in 1961 but added Herb Rooney in 1962.  Don’t worry, I won’t hold it against them or Bette Midler.  The Exciters’ only Top 40 hit was “Tell Him” (1962).  The song was written by the great Bert Berns.  The Exciters’ version of “Tell Him” inspired Dusty Springfield to ditch her country and folk band and record rhythm & blues-infused pop.

The Marvelettes
Midler covered their versions of "Too Many Fish in the Sea" and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game" (on the Target deluxe edition)

The Marvelettes were Motown’s second big act (after The Miracles) and the label’s first successful all-girl vocal group.  Their debut single was “Please Mr. Postman” (a song later covered by The Beatles).  It was the first Motown song to reach the top of the Billboard Hot 100.  The band’s other top ten hits are “Playboy” and “Don’t Mess with Bill.”  A little trivia for you: Marvin Gaye played drums on many of the Marvelettes’ recordings.

The Ronettes
Midler covered their version of “Be My Baby”
According to Midler, she had to be dragged into the “vocal booth” to sing The Ronettes’ classic, “Be My Baby.”  She didn’t think she could top Ronnie Spector (no one can).  Her producer kindly reminded her that fans love her voice and the way she interprets a song.  The Ronettes scored five Top 40 hits and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2004.  They worked with Phil Spector and toured with The Beatles.

The Shangri-Las
Midler covered their version of "Give Him a Great Big Kiss"

Thanks to hits like "Leader of the Pack," "Remember (Walkin' in the Sand)," and touring with The Rolling Stones, The Shangri-Las were able to cultivate a “tough girl” persona.  This image was in stark contrast to the image of other all-girl vocal groups of the era (the 1960s).  When the band first hit it big, the foursome were still in high school.  “Give Him a Great Big Kiss” was the third of The Shangri-Las’ six Top 40 hits.

The Shirelles
Midler covered their versions of "Baby It’s You”

The Shirelles are widely regarded as progenitors of the all-girl vocal group genre.  They are the first African American all-girl group to top the Billboard Hot 100 (“Will You Love Me Tomorrow”) and one of the first to do so regardless of race.  The Shirelles are members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Rolling Stone magazine named "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" and "Tonight's the Night" as two of the greatest songs of all-time.

The Supremes
Midler covered their version of "You Can't Hurry Love"

They weren’t the first or the last, but they are the best.  The Supremes are The Beatles of all-girl groups. Led by Diana Ross, the Motown trio are responsible for 12 number one singles—“You Can’t Hurry Love” being one of them.  You can’t release an album like It’s The Girls! and not include America’s most successful vocal group.

TLC
Midler covered their version of “Waterfalls”

Probably the most striking track on Midler’s album is TLC’s “Waterfalls.”  Midler turns their immortal R&B ditty into a haunting torch song.  Divine Miss M told reporters: “I fell in love with it the first time I heard it, and I could hear through the beat to what the story really was. It's a classic ballad."  On TLC’s resume are 65 million albums sold, four number one singles, and five Grammy Awards.  The pinnacle of their career is 1994’s CrazySexyCool.

Kate and Anna McGarrigle
Midler covered their versions of "(Talk to Me of) Mendocino"

Kate and Anna McGarrigle are the only Canadians on our list and the only all-girl group who wrote nearly all of their own material (Kate composed “(Talk to Me of) Mendocino”).  You probably haven’t heard any of the sisters’ recordings but you probably heard their music.  Their songs have been covered by a slew of artists like Linda Ronstadt, Emmylou Harris, Judy Collins, and Billy Bragg.  Kate is the mother of singers Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright.  She died in January of 2010.

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