Betty Roché

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Betty Roché
Betty Roche Apr 1943.tif
Betty Roché performing with Duke Ellington, April 1943
Background information
Birth name Mary Elizabeth Roché
Born (1920-01-09)January 9, 1920
Wilmington, Delaware, USA
Origin New York City
Died February 16, 1999(1999-02-16) (aged 79)
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s) Singing
Labels Prestige, Bethlehem
Associated acts Duke Ellington

Mary Elizabeth "Betty" Roché (January 9, 1920 – February 16, 1999)[1] was an American blues singer who became most famous with her cover of the song "Take the "A" Train". She recorded with the Savoy Sultans, Hot Lips Page, Duke Ellington, Charles Brown and Clark Terry.[1]

Roché was born in Wilmington, Delaware, United States.[1] She settled in New York in 1939, started her career by winning an Apollo Theater amateur talent contest, sang with the Savoy Sultans from 1941 to 1942, then with Duke Ellington in the 1940s and 1950s. In 1953, she left the Ellington band and settled in San Diego, California. In 1960, she went back to New York and recorded for Prestige.

Roché died in February 1999, aged 79.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d - accessed November 26, 2011

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