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Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Grammy Award-winning singer Bette Midler, whose timeless vocals were heard in the Disney movies Oliver & Company (1988) and The Hunchback Of Notre Dame (1996), will receive the annual Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award at the 43rd Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony on June 14 in Manhattan.

The award is presented to “industry veterans who are acknowledged as pioneers in their craft, whose body of work over time has been substantial, enduring and influential, and whose success and contributions over a lifetime have inspired the music community.”

“Bette Midler captivated the world early in her long career with her stylish presentation and unmistakable voice, making each song her own, and turning them into pure gold,” Songwriters Hall of Fame chairman Jimmy Webb said in a statement. “It will be our great pleasure to honor her at our annual awards gala with the Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award.”

As Georgette in Oliver & Company, she sang “Perfect Isn’t Easy,” written by Barry Manilow, Jack Feldman and Bruce Sussman. She was heard in The Hunchback Of Notre Dame singing “God Help the Outcasts,” written by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

She and voice actor Dan Castellaneta (Homer) performed “Wind Beneath My Wings,” written by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley, in the 1993 Simpsons episode Krusty Gets Kancelled. And in 2004, her rendition of the song was heard in the Drawn Together episode The Other Cousin.

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