Betty Cody (August 17, 1921 – July 1, 2014) was a Canadian-born
country music singer.
1 Early years
3 Personal life
She was born Rita Francis Cote to Alphonse and Albina Cote in
Sherbrooke, Quebec, Canada, the sixth of 11 children. When still a
child she moved to Auburn, Maine. In 1979, Cody was inducted into
Maine Country Music Hall Of Fame. Her main singles were "Tom Tom
Yodel" (hit from 1952) and "Please Throw Away The Glass".
Betty Cody married Harold Breau, a musician who performed as
Hal Lone Pine. The couple started performing together and she adopted
the stage name of Betty Cody. Cody signed a contract with RCA Records
in the early 1950s. In 1952 she had her hit in the U.S. country charts
with "Tom Tom Yodel". Her 1953 hit single "I Found Out More Than
You Ever Knew" reached No. 10 on the Billboard country chart.
Slim Andrews, the chair on the board of directors of the
Music Hall of Fame called her "the number one country singer to ever
go out of the state of Maine."
After splitting from her husband she gave up her career and worked in
a shoe shop in
Lewiston, Maine to care for her three younger sons.
Betty and Harold eventually divorced. Her eldest son, Lenny Breau, who
had lived with his father, later moved to California. Lenny became a
noted jazz guitarist. In 1984, Lenny Breau's dead body was found in
a swimming pool. The death was ruled a murder and the case was never
solved. Another son, Denny Breau, is also a musician.
Cody married, secondly, to George Binette, by which marriage she
became stepmother to four children. Binette died in 2002.
Betty Cody died from undisclosed illness on July 1, 2014, at age 92 in
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