Bob Dylan and Bette Midler, two people you would never expect to be in the same room together, nevermind in the same studio – did just this in October 1975 duetting on a cover of “Buckets of Rain” for her Songs for the New Depression album. A 27-minute long bootleg recording from this session started making the rounds as part of Bob Dylan New York Sessions 1974-1975.
The original bootlegger says:
“It opens with some upgrades of the original Blood On The Tracks sessions from September 1974, and progresses chronologically through some early Desire sessions, winding up to the main event: almost half an hour of never-heard October 1975 session outtakes of the recording of Bette Midler’s cover of “Buckets Of Rain” with Dylan, which would show up on her Songs For The New Depression album the following January.”
Midler made her first motion picture in 1979, starring in the 1960s-era rock and roll tragedy The Rose, as a drug-addicted rock star modeled after Janis Joplin.