Back in October 1975, the mercurial Bob Dylan teamed up with Bette Midler on the duet cover version of ‘Buckets of Rain’.
Heading into the studio together for their rendition of the Blood on the Tracks song, it is speculated that Dylan to be part of his Rolling Thunder Revue.
A recording of their studio time was uncovered through a series of bootleg tapes as part of Bob Dylan New York Sessions 1974-1975. “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,” one bootlegger said of the audio clip.
With Moogy Klingman backing them up on the piano, Midler seems a little hesitant at first, saying, “I can’t sing ‘I ain’t no monkey” before Dylan manages to gently persuade her to take part.
Here it is: