Dec 1: Bette Midler was born in 1945 – Bob Dylan & Bette Midler, New York 1975 recording session

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Secret Sound Studios
New York City, New York
October 1975
Bette Midler recording session.

  • Bette Midler (vocal)
  • Bob Dylan (vocal)
  • Dave Webster (slide guitar)
  • Moogy Klingman (piano & harmonica)
  • Ralph Schuckett (organ)
  • John Siegler (bass)
  • John Wilcox (drums)


Towards the end of 2009, a new Bob Dylan bootleg, Bob Dylan New York Sessions 1974-1975, surfaced which contained the following:

September 16 1974
1 – Idiot Wind – take 6, overdubbed on Oct 8 Test Pressing
2 – Lily, Rosemary & The Jack Of Hearts- Take 1 Test Pressing, September 17 1974
3 – You’re A Big Girl Now – Take 2 Upgrade to Biograph Version, September 19 1974
4 – If You See Her Say Hello – Take 1 Test Pressing
5 – Tangled Up In Blue – Take 2 or 3 Test Pressing, Studio E Columbia Studios N.Y.C. 14 July 1975
6 – Rita Mae – Studio E Columbia Studios N.Y.C. 20 July 1975
7 – Hurricane, Secret Sound Studios N.Y.C. Oct 75
8 – Bob Dylan / Bette Midler Buckets Of Rain sessions (Uncirculated tape) 27 Mins
9 – Buckets Of Rain (Finished Version ) released in 1976 on Songs For The New Depression

One of the highlights is the newly-found tape of Dylan’s sessions with Bette Midler in October, 1975 which produced her cover of Buckets Of Rain.

The bootlegger says: “It opens with some upgrades of the original Blood On The Tracks sessions from September 1974, and progresses chronologically through some early Desire sessions, winding up to the main event: almost half an hour of never-heard October 1975 session outtakes of the recording of Bette Midler’s cover of Buckets Of Rain with Dylan, which would show up on her Songs For The New Depression album the following January.”

….readers can now have that fly-on-the-wall experience of being in the studio with Dylan and Midler. noted: “At one point Midler says, ’I can’t sing I Ain’t No Monkey, but Dylan gets her to do it. At one point in the session they get into a great version of I Don’t Believe You lead by [Moogy] Klingman on the piano. Some may question the value, but tapes like this, which reveal Dylan and his creative process, are extremely rare and valuable. This also give insight into him working with an up and coming star Bette Midler.”


… and here is Buckets of Rain (released on Bette Midler’s “Songs For The New Depression”):


bob dylan & bette midler


2 thoughts on “Dec 1: Bette Midler was born in 1945 – Bob Dylan & Bette Midler, New York 1975 recording session”

  1. Also very nice to learn the teasing talking at the end of the official release is a collage of remarks in another context, probably done by the producer and technicians.

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