MIDLER AND MANILOW – ON A SLOW BOAT TO CHINA

Published May 3, 2011

Yeah, I like Bette Midler.  When it comes to sheer cabaret showmanship, nobody does it better.  If you’ve been to this site before, you may have seen an article entitled Bette Midler Bids Johnny Carson Adieu, where I posted a couple of videos of Bette serenading the Late Night King on his final show.

I’ve got another one here … that I am putting up for no other reason save for the fact that it makes me smile.

Bette – and her former piano player, Barry Manilow – together again, on a Today Show appearance in 2003, likely plugging Bette’s tribute album to Rosemary Clooney.  The best song on that album is their take on the Frank Loesser classic On a Slow Boat to China.  They both go off key a bit during this performance but, the song is so damn happy and snappy, who cares? I’m including that clip and the (better) album track below.

Give a listen.