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Collection Number: 20316

Collection Title: Betty Johnson Papers, 1947-2012

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Size 8.0 feet of linear shelf space (approximately 4050 items)
Abstract Betty Johnson was born on 16 March 1929 in Guilford County, N.C. As a child, Johnson traveled throughout the South as a member of the Johnson Family Singers, a gospel and popular music group. Betty Johnson's solo career as a pop-standard and cabaret singer took off in 1954 when she joined the Csida-Grean management company. Throughout the 1950s, Johnson recorded songs, appeared on Don McNeill's Breakfast Club radio show, and performed on various television shows. From 1957 to 1962 she was a cast member of Jack Parr's Tonight Show in New York, N.Y. Betty Johnson stopped performing in 1964 when she married New York City investment banker Arthur Gray Jr. and moved to New Hampshire. In 1993, Johnson re-entered show business with a cabaret act at The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel in New York. In the mid-1990s, she launched her own record label, Bliss Tavern Records, based in Haverhill, N.H., which distributes new and re-released records by Betty Johnson, her daughters Lydia and Elizabeth Gray, and the Johnson Family Singers. The collection consists of manuscript and published orchestral scores of popular songs; drafts and an audiobook version of Betty Johnson's autobiography, In Her Own Words; a complete discography; a small amount of correspondence, chiefly between Betty Johnson and her brother Kenneth Johnson regarding acquisition of rare recordings for deposit into the Southern Folklife Collection; commercially produced music recordings of Betty Johnson's singles, albums, demonstration samples, associated compilations, and a few radio programs featuring Johnson; and published non-fiction books, chiefly regarding popular music and the performing arts, that mention or relate to Betty Johnson.
Creator Johnson, Betty, 1929-
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
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Use of audio materials may require production of listening copies.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Betty Johnson Papers #20316, Southern Folklife Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Betty Johnson and Kenneth Johnson in June 2000, December 2000, and August 2012 (Acc. 98655, 98795, and 101652).
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Betty Johnson was born on 16 March 1929 in Guilford County, N.C. As a child, Johnson was a member of the Johnson Family Singers, a gospel and popular music group that included her father Jesse Deverin ("Pa") Johnson, mother Lydia Florence ("Ma") Craven, and her three brothers, Kenneth Marshall Johnson and twins Bob and Jim Johnson. The family had a contract with WBT AM radio, a CBS affiliate in Charlotte, N.C., from 1938 to 1951.

Betty Johnson embarked on a solo career as a pop-standard and cabaret singer in 1952, and joined the Csida-Grean management company, which also handled the careers of Eddy Arnold and Bobby Darin, in 1954. After recording songs with Columbia Records (1951-1952), Bell Records (1954), and RCA-Victor Records (1955), Johnson moved to Chicago, Ill., to appear on Don McNeill's Breakfast Club radio show. The show led to a contract with the small record company Bally Records, on which she released her first hit song, "I Dreamed," in 1956. Throughout the late 1950s, Johnson performed on television on the Ed Sullivan Show, Eddy Arnold Time, and as a spokesperson for Borden milk, before joining the cast of Jack Parr's Tonight Show in New York, N.Y., from 1957 to 1962. In 1957, Johnson signed a contract with Atlantic Records and recorded the Billboard chart-topping song "Little Blue Man" and several other hits with the label.

Betty Johnson was married three times. In 1949, she married Dick Redding and had a son, Harold Richard ("Dicky") Redding; the couple divorced in 1954. In 1957, Johnson married the producer Charles Grean; the couple divorced in 1961. In 1964, after marrying New York City investment banker Arthur Gray Jr., Johnson stopped performing and moved to New Hampshire to raise a family and attend college.

In 1993, Johnson re-entered show business with a cabaret act at The Oak Room at The Algonquin Hotel in New York City. The performance, and a subsequent interview on National Public Radio's Fresh Air, galvanized renewed public interest in Johnson's music. In the mid-1990s, Johnson launched her own record label, Bliss Tavern Records, based in Haverhill, N.H., which distributes new and re-released records by Johnson, her daughters Lydia Gray and Elizabeth Gray, and the Johnson Family Singers.

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The collection consists of manuscript and published orchestral scores of popular songs; drafts and an audiobook version of Betty Johnson's autobiography, In Her Own Words; a complete discography; a small amount of correspondence, chiefly between Betty Johnson and her brother Kenneth Johnson regarding acquisition of rare recordings for deposit into the Southern Folklife Collection; commercially-produced music recordings of Betty Johnson's singles, albums, demonstration samples, associated compilations, and a few radio programs featuring Johnson; and published non-fiction books, chiefly regarding popular music and the performing arts, that mention or relate to Betty Johnson.

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Contents list

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 1. Papers, 1947-2012.

About 400 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical.

Manuscript and published orchestral arrangements of popular songs; drafts and audiobook version of Betty Johnson's autobiography, In Her Own Words; a complete discography; diplomas; a small amount of correspondence; and other materials.

Folder 1

Correspondence, 2012 #20316, Series: "1. Papers, 1947-2012." Folder 1

Correspondence between Betty Johnson and Kenneth Johnson, chiefly regarding the acquisition of rare Johnson Family Singers recordings for deposit into the Southern Folklife Collection; also includes a fan letter and letters from music royalty distribution company CD Baby.

Folder 2

Diplomas, 1947 and 1980 #20316, Series: "1. Papers, 1947-2012." Folder 2

From Harding High School in Charlotte, N.C., and the University of New Hampshire in Durham, N.H.

Folder 3

Discography, 2012 #20316, Series: "1. Papers, 1947-2012." Folder 3

Prepared by Kenneth Johnson.

Folder 4-8

Enclosures from books, 1997, 2009, 2012 #20316, Series: "1. Papers, 1947-2012." Folder 4-8

Chiefly clippings and short letters regarding the books; there is also a packing list of books donated to the Southern Folklife Collection, 2012 (Folder 6).

Music Compact Disc CD_10139

In Her Own Words, 2007 #20316, Series: "1. Papers, 1947-2012." CD_10139

Audiobook version, comprised of eight compact discs, of Betty Johnson's autobiography, narrated by the author and intercut with musical tracks by Johnson and the Johnson Family Singers. Enclosures separated: See folder 8.

Folder 9-19

In Her Own Words, drafts, circa 2003-2005 #20316, Series: "1. Papers, 1947-2012." Folder 9-19

Three draft manuscripts of Betty Johnson's autobiography. Version one includes Betty Johnson's discography, 2003 emails from former WBT radio employee Jack Burney, and obituaries of unknown relationship to the collection for Kenneth O. Jones and Denise Grey. Suggestions for tracks by Johnson and the Johnson Family Singers, to be included in the audiobook, are scattered throughout the manuscripts.

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About 3600 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title.

Chiefly manuscript orchestral arrangements by Betty Johnson, Jack Andrews, Joe Lipman, Charles Grean, Luther Henderson, and others, of gospel and popular songs. There is a small amount of published sheet music. Also included are packing lists from Betty Johnson's mailed donations to the Southern Folklife Collection that list the song titles included in each shipment and the folders she used for storing scores for performances.

Folder 20

"Abide With Me" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 20

"All of You" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 20

"All Through the Night" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 20

"And I Smiled" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 20

"The Apple Tree" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 20

"Baptism Response" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 20

Folder 21

"Bart Howard Medley" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 21

Folder 22

"Bart Howard Songs" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 22

Folder 23

"Baubles Bangles and Beads" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 23

Folder 24

"The Best of Rooms" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 24

"The Best Things in Life Are Free" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 24

Folder 25

"Betty's Oldies" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 25

"Bewitched" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 25

"Bow Music" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 25

Folder 26

"Brand New Woman" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 26

"Brand New Woman 2" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 26

Folder OPF-20316/1

"Beulah Land" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/1

Folder 27

"The Call" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 27

"The Cock-Eyed Optimist" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 27

"Come Closer to Me" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 27

"Company of Men" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 27

Folder 28

"Day Is Dying In the West" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 28

"Dearly Beloved" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 28

"Deed I Do" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 28

"Deep Purple" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 28

Folder 29

"Do Re Mi" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 29

"Don't Dream of Anybody But Me" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 29

Folder 30

"Evening Prayer" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 30

"Everything's Coming Up Roses" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 30

Folder 31

"Fairest Lord Jesus" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 31

Folder 32

"Fascination" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 32

"Favorite Things" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 32

"Follow Me" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 32

Folder 33

"A Gal's Best Friend" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 33

"Gee It's Good to Be Here" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 33

Folder 34

"Ginny's Got a Phone" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 34

"Give a Little Whistle" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 34

Folder 35

"Glad You Did" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 35

"God Be With You" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 35

"Goody Goody" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 35

Folder OPF-20316/1

"Gospel Bows" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/1

Folder 36

"Gospel Bows" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 36

Folder OPF-20316/2

"Gospel Sequence Part I" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/2

"Gospel Sequence Part II" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/2

Folder 2

"Gospel Sequence Part III" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 2

Folder OPF-20316/3-4

"Gospel Songs" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/3-4

Folder 36-37

"Gospel Songs" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 36-37

Folder 38

"Harvest Moon-Carolina Moon" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 38

"Hawaiian Wedding Song" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 38

Folder 39

"Heaven on Roller Skates" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 39

Folder OPF-20316/5-8

"Heaven on Roller Skates" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/5-8

Folder 39

"Honey" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 39

Folder 40

"How Do You Tell Your Heart" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 40

"How Little We Know" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 40

"I Don't Want to Sleep" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 40

Folder 41

"I Dreamed" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 41

Folder 42

"I Have to Tell You" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 42

"I'll Never Be the Same" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 42

"I'm Confessin'" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 42

"In Other Words" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 42

Folder 43

"In Paris and In Love" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 43

"In the Garden" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 43

"Introduction - Announcements" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 43

"Introduction - Brand New Woman" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 43

"It's All Right With Me" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 43

Folder 44

"It's Love" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 44

"I've Got Everything" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 44

"Let Me Love You" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 44

Folder 45

"Little Blue Man" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 45

"Little White Lies" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 45

Folder OPF-20316/9

"Love Is (Medley)" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/9

"Love Is the Way" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/9

Folder 46

"Love to Keep Me Warm" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 46

"Love Letters" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 46

"Luna Caprese" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 46

Folder 47

"Merman Medley" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 47

Folder 48

"Misty" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 48

Folder 49

"Mr. Snow" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 49

"Mt. Greenery" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 49

"My Funny Valentine" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 49

Folder 50

"My Kind of Guy" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 50

Folder 51-52

"My Love Is a Wanderer" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 51-52

Folder 52

"Music for Lovers" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 52

"Nearer My God to Thee" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 52

"Never Kiss" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 52

Folder 53

"No Strings" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 53

"Now Is the Hour" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 53

"Now the Day Is Over" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 53

"O, Clap Your Hands" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 53

Folder 54

"Oh Gentle Shepherd" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 54

"Only When I'm Dreaming" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 54

Folder OPF-20316/10

"Opening" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/10

"Opening-I've Got a Feeling" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/10

"Opening-You're My Friend" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/10

Folder 54

"Out of This World" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 54

"The Party's Over" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 54

"Precious Memories" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 54

"Put on a Happy Face" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 54

Folder OPF-20316/11

"Reader's Digest" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/11

Folder 55

"Rodgers Medley" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 55

Folder 56

"Sail Away" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 56

"Something I Dreamed Last Night" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 56

"Something Wonderful" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 56

Folder OPF-20316/11

"Songs on the Sand" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder OPF-20316/11

Folder 57

"Steam Heat" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 57

"Sweet Hour of Prayer" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 57

"The Sweetest Sounds" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 57

"S'Wonderful" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 57

Folder 58

"Take Me Along" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 58

"Tenderly" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 58

"Thanks to You I'm a Brand New Woman" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 58

Folder 59

"That Was Yesterday" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 59

"This Funny World" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 59

Folder 60

"This Is My Day" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 60

Folder 61

"Time After Time" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 61

"To Be In Love" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 61

Folder 62

"Today I Love Everybody" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 62

Folder 63

"Too Many Rivers" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 63

"Wait Till You See Him" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 63

Folder 64

"Wednesday's Child" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 64

"What's the Matter Little Girl" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 64

"When You're Smiling" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 64

Folder 65

"Who Cares" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 65

"Whose Garden Is This" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 65

Folder 66

"Why" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 66

Folder 67

"You've Come Home" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 67

"You Make Me Feel So Young" #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 67

Folder 68

Betty Johnson's itemized packing lists, June 2012 #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Folder 68

Box 10

Music folders, undated #20316, Series: "2. Scores, 1957-1959 and undated." Box 10

Folders, each labeled with "Betty Johnson" and a different orchestra instrument, used for storing scores for performance.

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39 items.

Arrangement follows discography prepared by Kenneth Johnson, 2012 (see folder 3).

Commercially-produced recordings, including 45s, 78s, 12-inch and 16-inch transcription discs, 12-inch lacquers, and compact discs. Except where noted, all recordings are by Betty Johnson. The recordings are chiefly singles and demonstration samples, with a few albums, compilations, and radio program transcriptions.

expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.1. Bell Records, New York, N.Y., 1954.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.2. Bally Records, Chicago, Ill., circa 1956-1957.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960.

Audiodisc 45_9235

"Winter in Miami"/"The Little Blue Man," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9235

45 rpm.

Audiodisc 45_9225

"Dream"/"How Much," 1958 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9225

45 rpm released by London Records, United Kingdom.

Audiodisc 45_9233

"There's Never Been a Night"/"Dream," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9233

45 rpm

Audiodisc 45_9230

"Hoopla Hoola"/"One More Time," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9230

45 rpm

Audiodisc 45_9228

"Little Blue Man," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9228

45 rpm released by London Records, United Kingdom.

Audiodisc 45_9232

"The Song You Heard When You Fell in Love," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9232

45 rpm demonstration sample from London Records, United Kingdom.

Audiodisc 45_9223

"Dream," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9223

45 rpm demonstration sample from London Records, United Kingdom.

Audiodisc 45_9224

"Hoopa Hoola," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9224

45 rpm demonstration sample from London Records, United Kingdom.

Audiodisc 45_9227

"Little Blue Man"/"The Song You Heard When You Fell in Love," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9227

45 rpm released by London Records, United Kingdom.

Audiodisc 45_9229

"Hoopla Hoola,"/"One More Time," circa 1958-1960 #20316, Subseries: "3.3. Atlantic Records, New York, N.Y., 1958-1960." 45_9229

45 rpm released by Versailles Records, France.

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Audiodisc 78_19283

"The Touch," from the film Touchez Pas Au Grisbi, 1954 #20316, Subseries: "3.4. Other Labels, 1954-1963." 78_19283

78 rpm from Duchess BMI, France.

Audiodisc FD_1297

"The Story of Betty's Goose," recorded 5 December 1955 #20316, Subseries: "3.4. Other Labels, 1954-1963." FD_1297

12-inch lacquer transcription disc from NBC and American Broadcasting Company, New York, N.Y.

Audiodisc FD_1294

"Candid Camera," 1962 #20316, Subseries: "3.4. Other Labels, 1954-1963." FD_1294

12-inch lacquer from Fine Recording, Inc., New York, N.Y.

Audiodisc 45_9234

"Wednesday's Child"/"What's the Matter Little Girl," 1963 #20316, Subseries: "3.4. Other Labels, 1954-1963." 45_9234

45 rpm from World Artists Records/Dutch CNR Records, Netherlands.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Subseries 3.5. Betty Johnson's Retirement Career, 1997-2007.

Music Compact Disc CD_10143

The Johnson Family Singers: We Sang for Our Supper, compact disc companion to the book by Kenneth M. Johnson, 1997 #20316, Subseries: "3.5. Betty Johnson's Retirement Career, 1997-2007." CD_10143

Produced by Bliss Tavern Music, Haverhill, N.H. Released by American Made Music, University Press of Mississippi.

Music Compact Disc CD_10146

Sunday Morning in Dixie, The Johnson Family Singers, 2002 #20316, Subseries: "3.5. Betty Johnson's Retirement Career, 1997-2007." CD_10146

Collected and remastered by Bliss Tavern Records, Haverhill, N.H.

Music Compact Disc CD_10144

Make Yourself Comfortable, 2004 #20316, Subseries: "3.5. Betty Johnson's Retirement Career, 1997-2007." CD_10144

Full-length album from Bliss Tavern Records, Haverhill, N.H.

Music Compact Disc CD_10147

Take Me Along, 2006 #20316, Subseries: "3.5. Betty Johnson's Retirement Career, 1997-2007." CD_10147

Full-length album from Bliss Tavern Records, Haverhill, N.H.

Music Compact Disc CD_10145

Singing on the Mountain, The Johnson Family Singers, 2007 #20316, Subseries: "3.5. Betty Johnson's Retirement Career, 1997-2007." CD_10145

Collected and remastered by Bliss Tavern Records, Haverhill, N.H.

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Music Compact Disc CD_10141

Early Girls, Volume 4, 2005 #20316, Subseries: "3.6. Other Compact Disc Releases, 1999-2005 and undated." CD_10141

From ACE Records, United Kingdom; includes "Little White Lies," by Betty Johnson, 1957.

Music Compact Disc CD_10142

Hard to Find 45s on CD: Volume 3, The Mid-Fifties, 1999 #20316, Subseries: "3.6. Other Compact Disc Releases, 1999-2005 and undated." CD_10142

From Eric Records, San Leandro, Calif; includes "Frankie Laine" and "The Tarriers," by Betty Johnson.

Music Compact Disc CD_10140

Creatures from Outerspace!, undated #20316, Subseries: "3.6. Other Compact Disc Releases, 1999-2005 and undated." CD_10140

Includes The Little Blue Man by Betty Johnson; produced by Canetoad Records, Australia.

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Includes Department of Defense and Treasury Department releases.

Audiodisc TR_1380

Armed Forces Radio and Television Service Station Library (Department of Defense), Betty Johnson, undated #20316, Subseries: "3.7. Miscellaneous, 1958-1967 and undated." TR_1380

16-inch transcription disc from the Office of Armed Forces Information and Education, Department of Defense. One side contains Betty Johnson performing "Hoopa Hoola," "The Song You Heard When You Fell in Love," "How Much," "One More Time," and "Dream," with Charles Grean and his orchestra; and "I'm Beginning to Wonder" with the Lew Douglas Orchestra. The flip side contains Mindy Carson.

Audiodisc TR_1382

"Guest Star," 26 October 1958 #20316, Subseries: "3.7. Miscellaneous, 1958-1967 and undated." TR_1382

16-inch transcription disc of radio recording number 605, from the Treasury Department, U.S. Savings Bonds Division. Songs listed on the original sleeve are "Dream" and "Mr. Brown is Out of Town," by Betty Johnson, and "It Never Entered My Mind" and "You're Mine You," by Jane Russell.

Audiodisc TR_1381

"Guest Star," 11 November 1962 #20316, Subseries: "3.7. Miscellaneous, 1958-1967 and undated." TR_1381

16-inch transcription disc of a radio recording from the Treasury Department, U.S. Savings Bonds Division.

Audiodisc FD_1295

Stars for Defense, program number 73 with Betty Johnson, 17 January, 1958 #20316, Subseries: "3.7. Miscellaneous, 1958-1967 and undated." FD_1295

12-inch lacquer transcription disc from Gotham Recording Company, New York, N.Y.

Audiodisc TR/12_544

Stars for Defense, program number 250 with Betty Johnson, 16 July 1961 #20316, Subseries: "3.7. Miscellaneous, 1958-1967 and undated." TR/12_544

12-inch transcription disc from the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization. The flip side contains program number 249 with Johnny Mercer, 9 July 1961.

Audiodisc TR/12_545

Stars for Defense, program number 337 with Betty Johnson, 17 March 1963 #20316, Subseries: "3.7. Miscellaneous, 1958-1967 and undated." TR/12_545

12-inch transcription disc from the Office of Civil Defense. Hand-written notation on the original sleeve indicates that the disc includes the Betty Johnson songs "Who Cares," "How Little We Know," "Wake Up," and "My Favorite Things." The flip side contains program number 338 with the Buffalo Bills, 24 March 1963, including the songs "Two Blue Pigeons," "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," "Riverboat Shuffle," and "You Don't Need Her."

Audiodisc FD_1296

Stars for Defense, program number 375 with Betty Johnson, 5 November 1963 #20316, Subseries: "3.7. Miscellaneous, 1958-1967 and undated." FD_1296

12-inch lacquer transcription disc from Gotham Recording Company, New York, N.Y.

Audiodisc TR/12_546

Stars for Defense, program number 539 with Betty Johnson, 5 February 1967 #20316, Subseries: "3.7. Miscellaneous, 1958-1967 and undated." TR/12_546

12-inch transcription disc from the Office of Civil and Defense Mobilization. The flip side contains program number 540 with Arthur Prysock, 12 February 1967.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Series 4. Published Books, 1993-2012.

11 items.

Arrangement: Alphabetical by title.

Published non-fiction books that refer or relate to Betty Johnson. Topics are chiefly popular music and the performing arts. A few books are signed by the authors.

Box 11

The Back Stage Handbook for Performing Artists, Revised and Enlarged Third Edition, 1995 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Sherry Eaker. New York, N.Y.: Back Stage Books.

The Brady Families of Randolph County, N.C., 2007 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Laverne Brady-Davis. Southern Pines, N.C.: Self-published. Enclosures separated: See Folder 4.

Eddy Arnold: Pioneer of the Nashville Sound, 1997 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Michael Streissguth. New York, N.Y.: Schirmer Books. Enclosures separated: See Folder 7.

Finding Her Voice: The Saga of Women in Country Music, 1993 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Mary A. Bufwack and Robert K. Oermann. New York, N.Y.: Crown Publishers.

The Johnson Family Singers: We Sang for Our Supper, 1997 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Kenneth M. Johnson. Jackson, Miss.: University Press of Mississippi. Enclosures separated: See Folder 5 and CD_10143.

Living Legends and Ultimate Singers, Musicians, and Entertainers, Volume II (H-Z) of World Who's Who in Jazz, Cabaret, Music, and Entertainment, 2007 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Maximillien J. de Lafayette. New York, N.Y.: iUniverse, Inc.

The Persian Room Presents: An Oral History of New York's Most Magical Night Spot, 2012 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Patty Farmer. New York, N.Y.: Vantage Press.

Queens College of Charlotte Alumni Directory, 1986, 1996, 2001 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

Purchase, N.Y.: Bernard C. Harris Publishing Company, Inc.

Raised on Radio, 1998 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Gerald Nachman. New York, N.Y.: Pantheon Books.

Roads Less Traveled, 2009 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By John Walters. Concord, N.H.: Plaidswede Publishing.

Showbiz, Pioneers, Best Singers, Entertainers, and Musicians from 1606 to the Present: Historical, Thematic, and Biographical: Volume IV of the World Who's Who in Jazz, Cabaret, Music, and Entertainment, 2007 #20316, Series: "4. Published Books, 1993-2012." Box 11

By Maximillien J. de Lafayette. New York, N.Y.: Federation of American Musicians, Singers, and Performing Artists (FAMSPA). Enclosures separated: See Folder 6.

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expand/collapse Expand/collapse Addition of February 2013: Betty Johnson Website.

1 item.

Website of singer Betty Johnson and her family. The site includes information about her albums and songs, photographs, biographical materials, and information about her family.

Digital Item DI-20316/1

Website (betty-johnson.com) #20316, Series: "Addition of February 2013: Betty Johnson Website." DI-20316/1

Harvested using Archive-It, beginning in October 2013.

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Processing Information

Processed by: Sara Mannheimer, October 2012

Encoded by: Sara Mannheimer, October 2012

Finding aid updated by Amanda Loeb in March 2014 because of addition.

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