[email protected] Covers @OfficialTLC’s #Waterfalls (Listen!)

Yes, you read that right. The queen of all things (film, theater, and music) took on a “classic” TLC song and forever changed the musically educational one-two punch that crossed boundaries many many moons ago. “Waterfalls” was a controversial song in the mid-nineties, broaching subjects such as drugs, promiscuity, HIV/AIDS, and, ultimately, death, but opened eyes to the seriousness of the topics and earned respect from fans and the industry.

The song, which was written by the late Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, Marqueze Etheridge, and Organized Noize gave the R&B trio their second Number 1 hit and earned them two Grammy nominations. In fact, the song can still be heard today on terrestrial radio, as well as many satellite stations that focus on hit songs of the past.

A previously upbeat song with a killer rap section in the bridge delivered by the ultra talented Left Eye, Bette Midler recently stripped it down, embraced it with the glory of love, and turned it into a slow, smooth ballad. This track will be one of many included on Midler’s Girl Group Tribute album, It’s the Girls! Midler’s version brings forth a bevy of emotion that the original cut did not possess, putting an entirely different spin on the message relayed by the award-winning TLC.

“I have loved the sound of females harmonizing since I was a kid,” Midler tells Billboard. “I think the idea that you could become part of the group was the thing that endeared me to (them). You weren’t just singing along, you were THERE!”

Listen to Bette Midler’s rendition of “Waterfalls”:

The full track list for It’s the Girls! is as follows:

1. BE MY BABY
Originally performed by The Ronettes

2. ONE FINE DAY
Originally performed by The Chiffons

3. BEI MIR BIST DU SCHÖN
Originally performed by The Andrews Sisters
All Vocals by Bette Midler

4. BABY IT’S YOU
Originally performed by The Shirelles
All Vocals by Bette Midler

5. TELL HIM
Originally performed by The Exciters

6. HE’S SURE THE BOY I LOVE (duet with Darlene Love)
Originally performed by The Crystals

7. MR. SANDMAN
Originally performed by The Chordettes

8. COME AND GET THESE MEMORIES
Originally performed by Martha & The Vandellas

9. TOO MANY FISH IN THE SEA
Originally performed by The Marvelettes

10. TEACH ME TONIGHT
Originally performed by The DeCastro Sisters

11. WATERFALLS
Originally performed by TLC

12. YOU CAN’T HURRY LOVE
Originally performed by The Supremes

13. GIVE HIM A GREAT BIG KISS
Originally performed by The Shangri-Las

14. WILL YOU STILL LOVE ME TOMORROW
Originally performed by The Shirelles

15. IT’S THE GIRL
Originally performed by The Boswell Sisters
All Vocals by Bette Midler

Bette Midler

Jen Swirsky

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