1971 to 2015, there have been more than two
dozen women who have trod the stage as The
Harlettes, backing up Bette Midler in all of
her live performances.
Well-known ex-members are Melissa Manchester,
Katey Sagal, and Jenifer Lewis.
The typical tenure is 2 to 3 years. One
Harlette once jokingly described the job as
"Show Biz Boot Camp."
Here’s Bette introducing the Harlettes in a
show recorded for HBO in the 1970's:
Here are some great Harlettes moments:
of the early Harlettes -- Sharon Redd, Ula
Hedwig and Charlotte Crossley -- recorded
an album in 1978 after they left the
Midler shows. They called themselves
“Formerly of The Harlettes.” The
album was well-received, but hardly sold
at all. Here are two selections from
Your Mama Know About Me?
(co-written by Tommy Chong!)
Me Through the Rushes