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Betty Roché

voc, 1920-1999 US, Wilmington, Delaware
Singer of Jazz
A.k.a. Mary Elizabeth Roché.

American jazz singer. Like Ella Fitzgerald, she began her career by winning an amateur contest at the Apollo Theater in Harlem. She sang with the Savoy Sultans in 1941-2, and with Hot Lips Page and Lester Young. She joined Ellington's band in 1943 as a replacement for Ivie Anderson, and did so just in time for the Orchestra's first major Carnegie Hall concert, where she attracted attention for her powerful delivery in Black, Brown and Beige. After leaving the Ellington band in 1944, she performed and recorded with Earl Hines, and later worked with Clark Terry and Charles Brown. She introduced more of a bop-influenced style in three solo albums, Take The A Train (Bethlehem,1956), Singin' and Swingin' (Prestige, 1960) and Lightly and Politely (Prestige, 1961). Born : January 09, 1920 in Wilmington, Delaware. Died : February 16, 1999 in Pleasantville, New Jersey.

  • Jazz
  • Pop
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Popular Tracks   
Blue Moon on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché
Day By Day on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché
A Foggy Day on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché
When I Fall In Love on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché
Where Or When on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché
Come Rain Or Come Shine on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché
September Song on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché
Billie's Bounce on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché
Until The Real Thing Comes Along on Singin' And Swingin' by Betty Roché

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Title Artist Year Type
The Complete 1941-1961Betty Roché2013Compil.
Sophisticated LadiesBetty Roché, Marilyn Moore1990Compil.
George Gershwin's Porgy And BessGeorge Gershwin, Mel Tormé, Frances Faye With Betty Roché, George Kirby, Johnny Hartman, Sallie Blair, Frank Rosolino, Loulie Jean Norman, Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, Russell Garcia Conducting The Studio Orchestra, The Australian Jazz Quintet, The Pat Moran Quartet, The Stan Levey Group And Maynard Ferguson, Cat Anderson, Howard McGhee, Herbie Mann, Paul Gonsalves, Ralph Sharon, Johnny Hodges1962Album
Singin' & Swingin'Betty Roché1961Album
Lightly And PolitelyBetty Roché1961Album
Take The "A" Train / September In The RainBetty Roché1959Single
Take The "A" TrainBetty Roché1956Album
Trouble, Trouble / Blues - Stompin' At The SavoyBetty Roché / Teddy Wilson Sextet1946Album
I Love My Lovin' Lover / Life With Fatha'Betty Roché With Earl Hines Sextet1944Album
Blues On My Weary Mind / I'll Get ByBetty Roché With Earl Hines Sextet1944Album
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