March 2022

April 2022: Vol 48, No 4

When Tony Bennett was quoted as saying “it’s a blessing to just being alive,” the 95-yearold legendary crooner was not merely whistling Dixie, he was making a statement that defines his entire existence.

Although his concert-playing days are now in the history books due to Alzheimer’s, Bennett continues to be revered, not only for his contributions to popular American music but also for his love of America, the country he fought for during World War II in the Battle of the Bulge

March 2022: Vol 48, No 3

When I think of Bette Midler, I can’t help but start humming one of her most famous songs,
“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” which was a modern rendition of the Andrews Sisters hit from the 1940s. And, for those of us who grew up exposed to World War II American music, Midler epitomized the sounds and tunes of that era.

Combined with her outrageous comedic talent, she quickly established herself as a major force in the entertainment industry. Her career has resulted in the highest honors that can be bestowed on a star of music, film, and stage, including four Golden Globes, three Grammys, three Emmys, two Tonys, and the prestigious Kennedy Center Honor which she received last year at age 75