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She was Betty Lorene Riley and was from the birthplaced of country music legend Jimmie Rodgers of Meridian, Mississippi. She appears to have started her musical career around 1952 or so, playing the piano and singing tunes for appreciative audiences.
Tragedy struck this talent on a late Sunday in November of 1954 when she died when her automobile crashed into the rear end of a truck about thrity miles east of Dallas, Texas.
Ms. Riley was on her way to start an engagement at an unnamed Dallas night spot the following night (November 15).
Betty had just completed a series of appearances at the Dinkler-Andrew Jackson Hotel in Nashville at its Old Hickory Room.
During those two years, she had made a few appearances in Nashville, and made an impression with those she met. SHe had also appeared at the John Ringling Hotel in Sarasota, Florida and the Tutwiler in Birmingham, Alabama.
She must have made an impression in those visits to Nashville, for the only mention we found was of her passing in the publication that the Solemn Old Judge George D. Hay headed up for a time. Pickin' and Singin' News notes that she was survived by her parents and two brothers in Meridian, Mississippi.
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