Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

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October 30, 2012

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ASHLAND — Seeks information on birth mother

I am researching my late birth mother for a book project. Her married name was Betty Workman (later Betty Cazad) and she was a resident of Huntington most of her life before she died of lung cancer in 1992. I'm trying to find anyone in the Ashland area who may have crossed paths with Betty during her singing gigs with dance bands that performed in the 1950s and 1960s, including groups led by Hal Scott, Joe Rice and possibly others. Betty also performed as a guest in the mid-1950s on the “Saturday Night Jamboree” on WSAZ-TV, one of the show’s stars, Ralph Shannon, has told me.

I’ve been told that Betty sang with Mr. Rice’s band, and I have obtained a photo, republished in The Independent in 1978, of Betty singing with “Scotty” and his band in August 1963 at Dreamland. Betty also performed for several months with the Harry Ware Trio at the Marting Hotel in Ironton while she was pregnant with me in 1960. In the late 1940s and early 1950s, she performed with a band in Logan, W.Va., along with my birth father, Robert "Bob" Workman, who played string bass.

I am also trying to find any children of Hal Scott or Joe Rice who may know anything about Betty having performed with their fathers' bands.

My understanding is that Scotty had a son and daughter, but I have been unable to locate them.

If you are familiar with any of these people or groups, or perhaps even knew of Betty or saw her sing in the Tri-State area, I would appreciate it if you would contact me at frank.christlieb@yahoo.com or (817) 995-1914.

Frank Christlieb, Arlington, Tex,

 

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