Betty (band)

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Background information
OriginWashington, D.C.
GenresAlternative rock
Years active1986–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Betty (stylized as BETTY) is an alternative rock group from New York City.


The band was formed in Washington D.C. around the scene of the 9:30 club.[1]

In 1989, the band relocated to New York City. The name of their first album, Hello, Betty! comes from the standard opening for all their appearances. In 1995, the band expanded by adding Tony Salvatore on lead guitar and drums to the initial lineup of vocals with electronic accompaniment, bass and cello.

Betty appeared in every episode of the 1989 HBO series Encyclopedia, singing educational songs each centered on a particular word, as well as performing the opening and closing theme songs.[2] The members involved were Alyson Palmer, Amy Ziff, and Elizabeth Ziff, although they were credited in the show's opening titles as simply "Betty".

In 2002 the group starred in its own off-Broadway show Betty Rules directed by Rent's Michael Greif.[3] The musical ran for nine months at the Zipper Theatre. The show has since been performed in Chicago at the Lakeside Theatre and sold out three runs at Theater J in Washington, DC. Betty has appeared as a regular guest artist on the television show The L Word, for which they provided the theme song.[4]

Activist entertainers, Betty is as well known for their performances at rallies for causes in which they believe.[5]


  • Elizabeth Ziff (vocals, guitar)
  • Alyson Palmer (vocals, bass)
  • Amy Ziff (vocals, cello)
  • Tony Salvatore (lead guitar)
  • Mino Gori (drums)


  • 1992: Hello, Betty!
  • 1994: Kiss My Sticky (EP)
  • 1996: Limboland
  • 1999: betty3
  • 2000: Carnival
  • 2002: Betty Rules: Original
  • 2016: On The Rocks

Cast recording[edit]

  • 2004: Snowbiz (EP)
  • 2009: Bright & Dark
  • 2013 Rise (EP)

Television series[edit]

  • 1986: Encyclopedia—HBO (house band)
  • Real Sex—HBO (theme song)
  • The L Word—Showtime (theme song and regular appearances)
  • Weeds—Showtime (end credits song, season 6, episode 8)
  • Cover Shot—TLC (theme song)
  • Out on the Edge—Comedy Central (house band and theme song)
  • Ms. Adventure—Animal Planet (theme song)
  • Fashionably Late—TLC (theme song)
  • Remote Control—MTV (guest appearance)
  • USA Up All Night—USA (guest host)
  • Love Bites—NBC (2011)


  • 1993: Life with Mikey
  • 1994: It's Pat
  • 1995: The Incredibly True Adventures of Two Girls in Love
  • 1997: First We Take Manhattan
  • 1999: The Out-of-Towners

Additional performances/recordings[edit]

  • Rock for Choice
  • June 10, 1992: Sondheim: A Celebration at Carnegie Hall


  1. ^ Cooper, Mariah (November 25, 2015). "Betty's triumphant return". Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ Shapiro, Gregg (December 13, 2012). "Betty still rules, an interview with Amy Ziff". Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  3. ^ Marks, Peter (March 8, 2005). "'Betty Rules': Punk-Pop Women Know the Score". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  4. ^ LoGiudice, Lauren. "Betty's Perfect Harmony". Curve. Archived from the original on July 3, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Gopal, Sriram (November 30, 2015). "Veteran Indie Act Betty Has Much To Celebrate @ The Hamilton". DCist. Archived from the original on November 13, 2018. Retrieved November 12, 2018.

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