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A brief history of yodeling

We trace the musical path from Bette Midler to Gwen Stefani

We trace the musical path from Bette Midler to Gwen Stefani Once a way for mountaineers to chat, now fodder for pop songs: Gwen Stefani channels 'Sound of Music' yodeling on the first single — released this week — from her new album, The Sweet Escape. Below, other big moments for the pastime.

YODELS
(1963)
The only one of the bunch endorsed by Rosie O'Donnell, who feeds these chocolate cream treats to her talk-show audience.

JEWEL
(born 1974)
The singer learns to yodel during her childhood in Alaska. The result is only slightly less excruciating than her book of poetry.

BIG BUSINESS
(1988)
Bette Midler yodels a ditty on stage while milking a cow. Weird — and yet it's still better than For the Boys.

''BRING ME EDELWEISS''
(1989)
This trippy video, by the band Edelweiss, features a yodeling dwarf and a pink cow. Also better than For the Boys.

AMERICA'S GOT TALENT
(2006)
A 11-year-old yodeler almost wins NBC's talent show. America is spared (barely) by that Knight Rider judge.

Originally posted Oct 27, 2006 Published in issue #905 Nov 03, 2006 Order article reprints
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