betty blues

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my love & education on Nina Simone has only grown stronger after seeing her documentary on netflix “What Happened, Miss Simone?”

everyone should see it honestly, such an extraordinary, misunderstood, strong woman

“young, gifted, and black” 

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The most compelling and emotionally moving arrangement of “A Train”, Ellington’s ear expanded greatly in this era. His arrangements had modern flair but also paid tribute to great composers that came before him such as Gershwin and Debussy. Betty Roche’s vocal is nothing short of amazing and Paul Gansalves’ tenor solo and the later part of the piece is some of the greatest big band tenor-man playing I’ve ever heard. 

  • Lysander: Wanna go back into your party?
  • Castiel: But they were playing 'The Time Warp'! I hate 'The Time Warp'!
  • Lysander: Candy likes it.
  • Castiel: I don't care! I hate it! It's boil-in-the-bag perversion for sexually repressed accountants and first-year drama students with too many posters of Betty Blue, The Blues Brothers, Big Blue and Blue Velvet on their blue bloody walls!
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Black Betty

Recorded from a Texas prison in 1933.

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“St. James Infirmary Blues” - Betty Boop in Snow White