The Rose

Album: The Rose (1979)
Charted: 3
  • Thanks to Ron for the photo: "Since first hearing Bette Midler's arrangement of The Rose, I have felt these rank with some of the finest poetic lyrics put to music."

Comments: 10

  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn November 7th 1979, the 20th Century Fox movie 'The Rose' opened in theaters across the U.S.A.
    Bette Midler received an Academy Award 'Best Actress'* nomination, winner was Sally Field for 'Norma Rae'...
    Four month later on March 16th, 1980 the song "The Rose" by Bette Midler entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart at position #86; and 14 weeks later on June 22nd, 1980 it peaked at #3 {for 3 weeks} and spent almost a half-year on the Top 100 {25 weeks}...
    On May 4th, 1980 it reached #1 {for 5 weeks} on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart, also peaked #1 on the Canadian Adult chart...
    Another song from the movie, "When A Man Loves A Woman", also made the Top 100; it peaked at #35 on the chart...
    'The Divine Miss M' will celebrate her 69th birthday in twenty-four days on December 1st {2014}...
    * She did win the Golden Globe Award for 'Best Actress in a Musical/Comedy'.
  • Megan from Toronto, OnMy brother, who is hearing impaired, performed this song in sign language at his grade 8 graduation in the early 90s- my mother wept buckets.

    When I saw the scene in Napoleon Dynamite I nearly split a gut over the irony.
  • Marty from Milwaukee, WiThis song was translated into Japanese and used as the ending theme for the Studio Ghibli film Only Yesterday.
  • Thomnesia from Cape Town, South AfricaThis song i will definately play at my wedding. It's beautiful!!!
  • Louise from Newcastle, United KingdomI just heard this a few weeks back on the sing -off for I'd Do Anything and fell in love with it. Beautiful.
  • Musicmama from New York, NyTo Bonnie from DC: I'm happy to read your story.I also felt unlovely and unloved as a teenager (and well into my adult years), and this song helped me, too. But I'm not so sure I felt comfort so much as emotional nourishment from this song. Yes, it's sweet, but strength underlies it, both in the lyrics and the way Bette Midler sings it.
  • Mjn Seifer from Not Listed For Personal Reason, EnglandWestLife have gotten to this song now...
  • Harvey from Novato, CaIn 1980 I was recovering from a near fatal illness (Guillian Barre Syndorme), divorced, and on disiability not able to return to my job and participating in an adaptive physical education class at our local college to recover my strength. My life was in a shambles and I was very depressed. One day the college counselor had me listen to a song, The Rose, sung by Bett Midler. The song struck me to tears, because it discribed my situation at the time. A year later I met the women who I would later marry. She also ralated to the song, because she was going through a divorce at the time. We were married in our garden before 100 guests in 1984 and used that song, The Rose, as our processional for the ceremony. That song is still our special song, after 21 happy years of marriage. We met Amanda McBroom at one of her performances and told her how much that song meant to us.

    Barbara and Harvey Sperry, Novato CA.
  • Tim Peeters from Antwerp, BelgiumThe Belgian singer Ann Christy who died of cancer in 1984 sang a Dutch version of this song. While in her lifetime she never sold a copy of the single (approx. 100 or so) since some years now it's rated the best Dutch song in Belgium ever! At the time the single came out Bette Midler had a concert in the Antwerp Sportpaleis where she said "Good evening Antwerp, Ann Christy couldn't come, so I came". More information about Ann Christy here: www.annchristy.info.
  • Bonnie from Washington, DcLong, long ago and far away, when I was a teenager, I took a lot of comfort in this song whenever I felt unlovely and unloved, as most teenage girls do from time to time. I have a lot more self-esteem these days, but I still think this is a very sweet song.
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