Betty Loo Taylor
Betty Loo Taylor (February 27, 1929 – December 21, 2016) was an American jazz pianist and musician, known as Hawaii's "First Lady of Jazz." She was the subject of the 2003 documentary, They Call Her Lady Fingers: The Betty Loo Taylor Story, by husband-and-wife filmmakers, Patricia Gillespie and Sam Polson.
Taylor was born on February 27, 1929, and showed a natural musical ability as a child. She moved from Hawaii to New York City in the 1940s, where she attended music school and became a pianist. She returned to Hawaii during the 1950s.
Taylor performed regularly at the Trappers club in Waikiki during the 1970s and 1980s, alongside her longtime musical partner, singer Jimmy Borges, who also died in 2016. She continued to perform at the Kahala Hotel & Resort on Oahu throughout the 1990s and 2000s.
Betty Loo Taylor died at Palolo Chinese Home in Honolulu on December 21, 2016, at the age of 87. Taylor, who was being treated for pneumonia at the time, had suffered a stroke approximately six months before her death. She was survived by her husband, Kenneth L. Taylor, and daughter, Karen Lindsey.
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