In 1988 Washington's Dream Ticket May Be a 'Rockapella' Trio Named Betty
updated 10/05/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 10/05/1987 AT 01:00 AM EDT
The three women coined the term rockapella "because we do a lot of a cappella, but we rock out too," says Alyson, at 6'1" the high point of the group. Bitzi says the group is named "in honor of some of our favorite people: Betty Ford, Betty Rubble [of The Flint-stones], Betty Grable, Betty Crocker, Betty Boop, Betty Friedan and Betty Cooper [of Archie]."
Their performances match the syncopation of Alyson's electric bass, Bitzi's percussion and Amy's cello to wry, witty lyrics, and they already have delighted audiences and critics in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles. One anonymous set of fans even send the group a dozen roses at every appearance. Although they have had several offers, Betty is taking its time signing a contract, because, says Alyson, "We wanted to see how far we could get without having a record, just by people coming to see us." While that experiment continues, Amy teaches French, Bitzi mixes drinks and Alyson is a sometime actress. "It's a bit of a struggle at this point because our money goes right back out in promotion," Amy admits. But they are confident. Says Alyson: "We all have so many ideas, I can't see it stopping for a long time." It seems likely that Washington may soon be out a French teacher, actress and bartender.