"Wind Beneath My Wings" (sometimes titled "The Wind Beneath My Wings" and "Hero") is a song written in 1982 by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley.
Jeff Silbar is a songwriter. Silbar, a native of Los Angeles, won the Grammy Award for Song of the Year in 1990 for co-writing Bette Midler's "Wind Beneath My Wings" with Larry Henley.
Lawrence Joel "Larry" Henley was an American singer and songwriter, best known for co-writing the 1989 hit record "Wind Beneath My Wings."
The song was first recordedby Kamahl in 1982 for a country and western album he was recording. Kamahl talked about being the first to record the song in an appearance on Australian TV show Spicks and Specks (TV series) but stated it was not commercially released because it was felt he did not suit the country and western style. Instead, Roger Whittaker recorded the song, as well as Sheena Easton and Lee Greenwood. The song appeared very shortly thereafter in charted versions by Colleen Hewett (1982), Lou Rawls (1983), Gladys Knight & the Pips (1983), and Gary Morris (1983). The highest-charting version of the song to date was recorded in 1988 by singer and actress Bette Midler for the soundtrack to the film Beaches . This version was released as a single in early 1989, spent one week at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in June 1989, and won Grammy Awards for both Record of the Year and Song of the Year in February 1990. On October 24, 1991, Midler's single was also certified Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America for shipment of one million copies in the United States. In 2004 Midler's version finished at No. 44 in AFI's 100 Years...100 Songs survey of top tunes in American cinema.
Kamahl is the stage name of Kandiah Kamalesvaran, an Australian-based singer and recording artist. His highest charting local single, ""Sounds of Goodbye" (1969), reached the top 10 on the Kent Music Report singles chart. While another single, "The Elephant Song" (1975), peaked at number one in both the Netherlands and Belgium. Generally his repertoire comprises pop and adult contemporary music.
Spicks and Specks is an Australian music-themed comedic television quiz show. It aired on ABC1 at 8:30 on Wednesday nights, with the show repeated on Thursdays on ABC2 at 8pm. The previous year's season was repeated every Friday at 2:30 pm on ABC1. Repeats of the show screen nightly at 7:30 on ABC Comedy. It was filmed at ABC Melbourne's studios in Gordon Street, Elsternwick. The program has won three Logie Awards and numerous nominations.
Roger Whittaker is a Kenyan-born, British-based singer-songwriter and musician, who was born in Nairobi. His music is an eclectic mix of folk music and popular songs in addition to radio airplay hits. He is best known for his baritone singing voice and trademark whistling ability as well as his guitar skills.
In a 2002 UK poll, "Wind Beneath My Wings" was found to be the most-played song at British funerals.
Silbar and Henley recorded a demo of the song, which they gave to musician Bob Montgomery. Montgomery then recorded his own demo version of the song, changing it from the mid-tempo version he was given to a ballad. Silbar and Henley then shopped the song to many artists, eventually resulting in Roger Whittaker becoming the first to release the song commercially. It appeared on his 1982 studio album, also titled The Wind Beneath My Wings.
Bob Montgomery was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer/publisher.
The song was very shortly thereafter recorded by Australian artist Colleen Hewett and released by Avenue Records in 1982. Hewitt's recording became the first version of the song to be issued as a single and to appear on a national chart, peaking at #52 on Australia's Kent Music Report chart.
Colleen Hewett is an Australian theatre and TV actress, and a popular singer. Her top 40 singles on the Kent Music Report include "Super Star", "Day by Day", "Carry That Weight" (1972), "Dreaming My Dreams with You" (1980), and "Gigolo" (1981). Her version of "Day by Day" peaked at No. 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 Singles Chart and was certified as a gold record. At the TV Week King of Pop Awards she was voted Queen of Pop in both 1972 and 1973. During 1985, she played Sheila Brady in the international hit TV series, Prisoner.
The Kent Music Report was a weekly record chart of Australian music singles and albums which was compiled by music enthusiast David Kent from May 1974 through to 1988. After 1988, the Australian Recording Industry Association, which had been using the report under licence for a number of years, chose to produce their own listing as the ARIA Charts.
The first year "Wind Beneath My Wings" appeared on music industry trade publication charts in the United States was 1983. Singer Lou Rawls was the first to score a major hit with the song, as his version peaked at No. 10 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, No. 60 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, and No. 65 on the main Billboard Hot 100 singles chart.
Louis Allen Rawls was an American singer, songwriter, actor, voice actor, and record producer. Rawls released more than 60 albums, sold more than 40 million records, and had numerous charting singles, most notably his song "You'll Never Find Another Love like Mine". He worked as a film, television, and voice actor. He was also a three-time Grammy-winner, all for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance.
The Adult Contemporary chart is published weekly by Billboard magazine and lists the most popular songs on adult contemporary radio stations in the United States. The chart is compiled based on airplay data submitted to Billboard by stations that are members of the Adult Contemporary radio panel. The chart debuted in Billboard magazine on July 17, 1961. Over the years, the chart has gone under a series of name changes, being called Easy Listening(1961–1962; 1965–1979), Middle-Road Singles(1962–1964), Pop-Standard Singles(1964–1965), Hot Adult Contemporary Tracks(1979–1982) and Adult Contemporary(1983–present).
The Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart ranks the most popular R&B and hip hop songs in the United States and is published weekly by Billboard. Rankings are based on a measure of radio airplay, sales data, and streaming activity. The chart had 100 positions but was shortened to 50 positions in October 2012.
Gladys Knight & The Pips also released a recording of the song in 1983 under the title "Hero". Their version peaked at No. 64 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart while also reaching No. 23 on Billboard's Adult Contemporary chart.
Singer Gary Morris released a country version of the song in 1983. Morris's version of the song peaked at No. 4 on Billboard's Hot Country Singles chart and later won both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association awards for Song of the Year. Kenny Rogers released his version of the song in 1996 as part of the Vote for Love album.[ citation needed ]
In 1997 the song was recorded by British actor Steven Houghton, reaching no. 3 on the UK singles chart on 17 November 1997.[ citation needed ]
|"The Wind Beneath My Wings"|
|Single by Lou Rawls|
|from the album "When the Night Comes'|
|Format||45 RPM single|
|Songwriter(s)||L. Henley, J. Silbar|
|Lou Rawls singles chronology|
Lou Rawls was the first to land the song on the chart in the US.The up-tempo version by Rawls was released in March 1983 on Epic 34-03758. It was backed with "Midnight Sunshine". It appeared on his album, When the Night Comes. It spent six weeks on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and on April 16, 1983, it peaked at no. 65. It also got to no. 60 on the R&B chart. Rawls once performed a twelve minute live version of the song at a concert in Elgin, Illinois.
|Billboard Adult Contemporary||10|
|Billboard Hot Black Singles||60|
|Billboard, Hot 100||65|
|"The Wind Beneath My Wings"|
|Single by Gary Morris|
|from the album Why Lady Why|
|B-side||"The Way I Love You Tonight"|
|Released||August 6, 1983|
|Songwriter(s)||Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar|
|Gary Morris singles chronology|
"Wind Beneath My Wings" was recorded by country artist Gary Morris and reached the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot Country Singles chart. It was named Song of the Year by both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.
|US Hot Country Songs ( Billboard )||4|
|Canadian RPM Country Tracks||10|
|"Wind Beneath My Wings"|
|Single by Bette Midler|
|from the album Beaches: Original Soundtrack Recording|
|Released||June 1, 1989|
|Format||CD single, cassette single|
4:54 (album and 7" version)
|Songwriter(s)||Larry Henley and Jeff Silbar|
|Bette Midler singles chronology|
"Wind Beneath My Wings" was performed by Bette Midler for the soundtrack of the film Beaches and became a US number-one single. It was named Record of the Year and Song of the Year at the Grammy Awards of 1990. The song became a worldwide hit; it charted at No. 5 in the UK, No. 2 in Iceland, No. 4 in New Zealand, and No. 1 in Australia.
Midler performed the song following the annual in memoriam montage at the 86th Academy Awards in 2014.By sheer coincidence, Idina Menzel had sung "Wind Beneath My Wings" as a duet with Kristen Bell at her successful audition for the 2013 film Frozen , which would go on to win two awards at that same awards ceremony (and where Menzel performed live the popular song "Let It Go" from the film).
Midler performed the song, with the fictional character Krusty the Clown, on season 4 episode 22 of The Simpsons in 1993.
Midler performed the song live at the Prayer for America memorial service held at Yankee Stadium in the days following the September 11 attacks.
7": US (Atlantic 7-88972) 7": UK (Atlantic A8972) 7": Japan (Atlantic PRS-2048) 3": Japan (Atlantic 09P3-6159)
12": UK (Atlantic A8972T) 3": UK (Atlantic A8972CD)
CDM: US (Atlantic PR2615-2) promo
CDM: Germany (Atlantic 756785481-2)
Note: Released in 1996
Bette Midler is an American singer, songwriter, actress, comedian, and film producer. Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Midler began her professional career in several Off-Off-Broadway plays, prior to her engagements in Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation on Broadway in the late 1960s. She came to prominence in 1970 when she began singing in the Continental Baths, a local gay bathhouse where she managed to build up a core following. Since 1970, Midler has released 14 studio albums as a solo artist. Throughout her career, many of her songs became hits on the record charts, including her renditions of "The Rose", "Wind Beneath My Wings", "Do You Want to Dance", "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy", and "From a Distance".
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Madness, Money & Music is the third album by singer Sheena Easton. It was released in 1982 and produced by Christopher Neil. The album includes the singles "I Wouldn't Beg for Water" and "Machinery", as well as the UK single "Are You Man Enough". Significantly however, the album featured an early recording of the song "Wind Beneath My Wings", which would later be covered by Bette Midler in 1988 and many other artists after. The album was one of Easton's lower-charting efforts, only hitting US #85 and UK #44, but was more successful in Scandinavia and went Gold in Canada. Easton promoted the album by way of a half-hour special produced for British television and syndicated worldwide, during which she performed a number of songs from the album and embarked on her first world tour.
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