CAFFE` LATTE` PRESENTS
A countdown of the 200 songs possessing the best lyrics of all-time. A playlist on spotify will be added at the end of the week.
WIND BENEATH MY WINGS
“…I would be nothing
"Wind Beneath My Wings" was written by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley in 1982. The latter contributed the lyrics. That year, Roger Whitaker recorded the original version.
Other interpretations followed, by the likes of Sheena Easton, Lou Rawls, Colleen Hewett, Gladys Knight & The Pips (entitled "Hero") and B.J. Thomas.
Marc Shaiman, Bette Midler's regular arranger, was acting as music supervisor on the singer's film project 'Beaches'. He suggested Midler cover the song for the movie. In 1989, the film became a hit and propelled the ballad to #1 in America and Australia. It peaked at #5 in the UK.
The lyrics recognize the support and inspiration offered by a person behind the achievements of another. In the film, Midler's character dedicates it to her lifelong friend portrayed by Barbara Hershey. Of all the versions, Midler's is easily the most famous. It has been used in many contexts: from weddings, funerals and other celebrations.
As new songs are covered on this blog, a definitive version will be added to a spotify playlist. Find it and the other Caffé Latté playlists at: