The Info List - Betty Cody

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BETTY CODY (August 17, 1921 – July 1, 2014) was a Canadian -born country music singer.


* 1 Early years * 2 Career * 3 Personal life * 4 Death * 5 References


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
Auburn, Maine
. In 1979, Cody was inducted into the Maine
Country Music Hall Of Fame. Her main singles were "Tom Tom Yodel" (hit from 1952) and "Please Throw Away The Glass".


In 1940, 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 Maine
Country 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
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 Lewiston, Maine
Lewiston, Maine


* ^ A B C D "Acclaimed Maine
country singer Betty Cody dies at 92". Portland Press Herald
Portland Press Herald
. July 3, 2014. * ^ Forbes-Roberts, Ron (2006). One Long Tune: The Life and Music of Lenny Breau. University of North Texas Press. p. 6. ISBN 9781574412307 . * ^ Whitburn, Joel (2008). Hot Country Songs 1944 to 2008. Record Research, Inc. ISBN 0-89820-177-2 . * ^