Although she may be a dim memory to many pop music fans, Betty Johnson scored nine Top 100 hits during her peak years in the 1950's. Her tale is a true American success story, from Appalachian poverty to regular appearances on the Jack Parr TV show.
In recent years, Johnson has emerged from self-imposed retirement to a selective career of personal appearances(often in the company of one of her daughters). She has also begun to issue her original recordings-ranging from 1940's acetates of The Johnson Family Singers to Betty's Hits-Volume II, the second of her Betty's Hits packages. The first volume of contained six of her nine charted titles. How then, does she will the 15 slots on this disc?
So what are the 14 tracks? Well, there's good news. The selections (including the absolutely lovely "There Will Never Be Another You" as well as the pop-ish, "Red Sails In The Sunset," "I'm Beginning To Wonder" and "I'll Follow You") are just what the doctor ordered and will no doubt please her solid fan base.
They retain the style and feel of her vintage hits-classy Doris Day-sounding vocals, often multitracked, with catchy melodies and gentle instrumental support. If anything, this collection veers a little closer to jazz than the purely pop approach on Volume I, but these songs are a natural extension of her style.
Unlike many artists, Johnson values personal contact with her fans and is likely to startle them by answering the phone when a call comes through on her CDorder line. A true fan-friendly artist, she also replies to e-mails at betty@Betty-johnson.com
Betty's Hits, Vol. II-finally
It's great to have "Dream" finally, and I think you must have been reading my mind when you assembled the other selections. "Out Of This World," "Once In Awhile," and " How Little We Know" are particular favorites. And I'd just about worn out my 45rmp of " The Song You Hear When You Fell In Love"-it's nice to be able to enjoy it now in clear stereo.
Enjoyed listening to you this morning on WYKR. I was at work, so I asked my boss if we could turn the radio up a bit to listen. She just loved your music. When he played Red Sails in the Sunset she began to cry. Her mother used to sing that song to her, it brought back memories. Anyway, you were great!
I'll let you know if I think of a worthy charitable cause for your concert. I look forward to hearing all three of you sing "live" again. I have many fond memories of your music in church. I also still remember a bit of the interpretive dance Lydia taught the Jr. Choir while she was home one time from England.
All my best for a wonderful trip to Spain,