The song “Wind Beneath My Wings” was written by Jeff Silbar and Larry Henley. It was recorded by many artists: Malaysian-born Australian singer Kamahl, Roger Whittaker, Colleen Hewitt, Lour Rawls or Gary Morris in 1982-1983. However, the song gained widespread recognition and popularity when Bette Midler recorded it for the soundtrack of the film “Beaches”. The single was released in February 1989 with “Oh Industry” on the B-side. Bette Midler’s rendition of the song became the most well-known and iconic version, and it is often associated with the song’s success and enduring popularity. The song is one of Bette Midler’s signature hits and is celebrated for its emotional and poignant lyrics.
“Wind Beneath My Wings” is characterized by its heartfelt and ballad-style sound, featuring Midler’s powerful and emotive vocals. The song’s production creates a moving and dramatic atmosphere, perfect for its role in the film and as a standalone song. The lyrics of the song convey themes of gratitude and appreciation for someone who has been a constant source of support and inspiration. The song is often interpreted as a tribute to a loved one or a close friend, expressing the idea that this person has been the wind beneath the singer’s wings, lifting them up.
“Wind Beneath My Wings” was a commercial and critical success. It reached high positions on music charts (#1 in the United States and Australia) and earned Bette Midler the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and and Song of the Year. The song has become an enduring classic and is often associated with themes of love, gratitude, and the supportive relationships that enrich our lives.