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Friday, January 28, 2011

Farewell Betty Smith

I was saddened to learn of the death of tenor saxist and singer Betty Smith on January 21 at the age of 81. I remember, just after I'd left school, going to see the Freddy Randall Band at Seaburn Hall, near Sunderland.
The band were great but most of all I was impressed by Betty who, wearing the band's blue blazer, a tight grey skirt and, perched atop high heels, leaned back, legs apart and blew some really booting tenor. I was captivated - I was 15 and in love with the instrument and the player!
I missed the last bus home and had to get a taxi - and my dad out of bed to pay for it!
I thought it was worth it although I don't think he did!
Local drummer Ian Forbes (see photo supplied courtesy of Ian - click here for photo with Jimmy Edwards.) played with her quintet in later years.
A much underrated player.
Sadly missed.
Lance.

1 comment :

Miles said...

My memories are much the same as yours Lance only it was at the Oxford Galleries and the band wore brown jackets and I was more than 17. Another time was at the Wallsend Mem. Also after that I bought all the Parlophone Super Rythym Style series of the band. She was also a very good singer.
Miles

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