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Barbara Hershey and Bette Midler in "Beaches" (Walt Disney Pictures)

World’s Worst Songs: “Wind Beneath My Wings”

“Wind Beneath My Wings” expresses a lovely sentiment: “you’re my hero, you’re everything I would like to be, whatever I am capable of doing is because of you.” If anyone ever said that to me, I’d be moved beyond measure. Unless they said it by dedicating that damn song on the radio. Almost everybody who sings it does it at a lugubrious dirge-like tempo. If you really love me, you won’t bore me to death. The song dates back to 1981, when Roger Whittaker recorded it. It first hit the charts in 1983 in a version by Lou Rawls. He was pretty much incapable of doing anything uncool, but skated dangerously close by speaking the first verse rather than singing it, only to redeem that decision by giving the rest of it his trademark swing. It’s the best version of the song, and the other big ones aren’t close. Gladys Knight and the Pips cut it that year too, under the title “Hero.” The artist who made the biggest splash with the song in 1983 …