the USA Betty

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#1 betty-handful.jpg 1971 [10, 34:18] Betty - Handful (Thin Man Records AFP 703 1-2) studio • new music 4.70 “Poor” Rock; Blues Rock / Soul Rock
date.png 17-Mar-2011
notes.png The end. Disappeared early 70s.


California’s long-forgotten blues-rockers Betty made one album in their time, 1971s "Handful". The band featured guitarists Mike McMahon and Anthony Davis, Tom Jordan on piano and an able rhythm section comprising Al Rodriguez on drums and Kerry Kanbara on bass. The real story with Handful is that thirty-five years ago a band scraped together enough money to press two hundred copies of an album to sell at shows.

Kerry Kanbara was quoted in 2008: "Back in those days, you were either in a car club or band. All of the members are alive and well. All are doing what they like and have lived great lives. The chance to make music and have people enjoy was a wonderful reward. We never thought of success in the music, only a very great life experience. We can all look back at those years and smile. Now our grandchildren hear our album and look at grandpa with new appreciation and hopefully respect. It was a wonderful experience, full of memories."

Mike McMahon quotes: "We were the typical garage band of the era, right down to the gallons of Red Mountain at rehearsals in Kerry’s basement. I always thought we were a dance - rather than a show band. We did get ’em dancing. We had a lot of fun not playing."

Kerry Kanbara added: "This album was a lark. We were given one evening recording time in a well known studio in Van Nuys, California. Frank Fisher, later to join the sound crew for the Jacksons was the engineer (worked at the studio) on this album and a friend of the Band. We started to record after regular hours on a week end. We layed down all of the tracks that evening. Tom the Key board wiz had never played with us before and did an amazing job. Even after a late evening and gallons of Red Mountain Wine, the tape came out so good that we tapped the wine and beer fund to press 200 copies. There was never an intent to go comercial with this album as it was just a weekends outing and a chance to make a few copies for friends and family. We never tried to push the songs to agents or record companies as we all had other thing to do in life."

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