Last week I watched this great classic flick starring Bette Davis called Dark Victory.. which in turn got me thinking about this song. The film about a woman who was slowly dying despite her energy and appeal, has been said to be Bette Davis’ favorite of all the films she did. I have great affection for these old-time films that represent an era and a time when everyone carried themselves with class, even those characters who were depicted as poor. This “classiness” can especially be said for the lovely women!
Kim Carnes was actually known as demo singer prior to this songs inception. She’d be the person that songwriters would go to in order to get a scratch vocal rough cut of their ideas down on tape. Kim’s vocal remake of “Bette Davis Eyes” (sung ala Rod Stewart, particularly the chorus line) would prove to be her biggest hit, and thus we have an 80′s classic!
It’s been written that Bette Davis did in fact like this song, and she was very appreciative to Kim and the songwriters (one of whom was Jackie DeShannon who first recorded the song in 1974) for paying such a sweet tribute to her.