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Betty Carter

Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Born: May 16, 1930 | Died: September 26, 1998    

Betty Carter

Betty Carter was born Lillie Mae Jones in Flint, Michigan, on May 16, 1930. At a young age, she began the study of piano at the Detroit Conservatory of Music, and by the time she was a teenager she was slready sitting in with Charlie Parker and other bop musicians when they performed in Detroit. After winning a local amateur contest, she turned professional at age 16, hooking up with the Lionel Hampton band by 1948, billed as Lorraine Carter. Hampton was the man who hung the nickname 'Betty Be-Bop' on her (a nickname she hated, as she found bebop limiting and wanted to do more than just scat), but it stuck, and ultimately she changed her stage name to Betty Carter. At the age of 21, she traveled to New York with the Hampton band and set up home there....
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  • El Momento

    BETTYRules Music
    2006
  • 'S Finest Hour

    BETTYRules Music
    2003
  • I'm Yours, You're Mine

    Verve Music Group
    1997
  • I'm Yours, You're Mine

    BETTYRules Music
    1996
  • Feed The Fire

    BETTYRules Music
    1994
  • 'Round Midnight

    BETTYRules Music
    1992
  • It's Not About The Melody

    BETTYRules Music
    1992
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