Bette Midler Said Label Told Her To Record These Two ‘Stinkers’ on Album ‘Thighs and Whispers’

by Keeli Parkey

Creating an album is a very collaborative process between the artist, producers, and studio label executives. Unfortunately on occasion, those studio label executives push the artists to record songs the artist doesn’t want to. According to famous singer and actress Bette Midler, this happened to her while recording one of her many albums.

Midler talked about his during with during February 2021. And, she said it was during the recording process for her disco album “Thighs and Whispers” that label executives made her include two songs that she did not want to at all.

Obviously, those songs aren’t any of her most famous hits, such as “Wind Beneath My Wings” or “Friends” or “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.”

Based on what she told, the two songs in question are “My Knight in Black Leather” and “Married Men.” These were released on her 1979 album “Thighs and Whispers.”

Here’s what the iconic singer had to say about the tracks. The “Beaches” star even refers to these songs as “stinkers.”

“Everybody’s bound to do some stinkers, like ‘Married Men.’ Please, God, shoot me now! ‘My Knight in Black Leather.’ Save me! That was the label saying, ‘You have to record this,'” Bette Midler told

Bette Midler’s “Thighs and Whispers” album included six other tracks. These included “Millworker,” which was written by James Taylor. There were also the songs “Big Noise from Winnetka” and “Hang on in There, Baby.”

Bette Midler Creates Children’s Book Inspired by Unique Bird Seen in New York City’s Central Park

In addition to talking about her music career with, Bette Midler also discussed a new venture she had embarked on. That new venture was a children’s book titled “The Tale of the Mandarin Duck: A Modern Fable.”

According to the legendary singer, the book was inspired by the arrival of a unique and beautiful bird to Central Park in New York City during 2018. The arrival of the bird drew the attention of tourists and the media. And, it also caught Midler’s attention.

“There was a gleam in its eye, a look of innocence, as if it were seeing something brand-new too,” she told “And there was something humble about it, despite its fantastic colors. That really moved me.”

According to the interview, Bette Midler is hoping that “The Tale of the Mandarin Duck: A Modern Fable” will inspire youngsters to step away from their devices. She also hopes the book will lead children to interact with other people and with nature.

Honestly, that’s a push most adults could use as well. Pretty much all of us could use more time outdoors. And, we could do use less time with our eyes focused on a small screen of some kind.

Bette Midler is now in her mid-seventies. And, according to her comments to the publication, her performing days are pretty much behind her.

“My time on the stage is basically up,” Midler said. “I’m 75. I don’t have the impulse to prove myself anymore. I feel like ‘I did that.’ And I’ve done a lot. I’ve earned my rest. Am I going to make an announcement? No. I’m just going to fade away.”