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Le Moyne College Welcomes Former Tonight Show Singer and RCA Recording Artist

Betty Johnson, Star of Stage and Screen, to Teach and Perform at Le Moyne College

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (For Immediate Release) …
On Thursday, May 2, at 8 p.m., recording artist and star of stage and screen Betty Johnson will take the stage at Le Moyne College’s W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts. In the 1950s and 1960s, Johnson was a regular on such legendary broadcasts as The Ed Sullivan Show, Jack Paar’s Tonight Show, and Don McNeil’s Breakfast Club.

The evening will include a master class during which Johnson will coach student vocalists currently participating in the College’s growing music program, as well as a question-and-answer session with faculty member Michael Streissguth, who has written about her. Audience members will be invited to join in the conversation about Johnson’s fascinating life and career, a career that at various times connected her to John F. Kennedy, Cary Grant, Ella Fitzgerald, Alan Jay Lerner, Johnny Carson and Bobby Darin.

Johnson’s residency will span multiple days and will also include conversations with students studying in the department of communication and film studies as well as theatre arts. The visit will culminate in a guest appearance during the College’s Jazz concert on Friday, May 3, at 7:30 p.m. (also at the W. Carroll Coyne Center for the Performing Arts).

The master class and conversation on May 2 is free and open to the public. For tickets to the May 3 concert, or for more information, please visit www.lemoyne.edu/vpa or call (315) 445-4200.

About Betty Johnson:
Betty Johnson’s career began in the late 1930s when she performed and toured as part of the gospel-oriented Johnson Family Singers. As a solo artist, she recorded multiple pop hits during the 1950s, including “I Dreamed,” “Little White Lies,” and “The Little Blue Man.” She regularly appeared on the cream of television and radio shows, and headlined prestigious venues such as The Cocoanut Grove in Los Angeles, The Sands in Las Vegas, and The Copacabana, The Persian Room, The Blue Angel, and The Algonquin in New York City. Her musical theater credits include “Carousel,” “South Pacific” and “Take Me Along.”


posted on: 4/10/2013