Betty Buckley on Her Life, Career and New Collaboration with T Bone Burnett

December 30, 2014 6:17 PM

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By the time she was just 19, Betty Buckley was already a veteran performer singing with a jazz trio at the Casa Del Sol Supper Club in her native Fort Worth. At 15, she had made her professional debut playing Dainty June in Gypsy. By 16, she had done legions of shows in Six Flags Over Texas musical revues and worked in summer stock and children's theater. "I wanted to go to school at Berkeley and be part of the music scene in the 60s," says Buckley. "But my mother said, 'no, you have to be like Julie Andrews.' And I'd say, 'I love Janis Joplin mom. I can sing like that."

It was understandable that Buckley's mother, Betty Bob, strongly felt that her accomplished 19-year-old daughter needed an archive tape of her dazzling and unique vibrato. So Betty Bob turned to her good friend Hazel Vernon whose son, also 19, had owned a recording studio since he was 17. (Also, he ...

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