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Author Topic: Tragic death - Rachel & The Revolvers' Betty Jane Willis (Brian Wilson-produced)  (Read 720 times)
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« on: January 04, 2018, 11:14:35 AM »

I just stumbled upon this article online.

Brian Wilson produced Betty Jane Willis in the group Rachel & The Revolvers.  Apparently, she recently wound up homeless (super sad in and of itself), and she was just murdered on the streets of Santa Ana, CA.

https://patch.com/california/orange-county/murdered-homeless-woman-was-60s-soul-singer

Just heartbreaking.
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« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2018, 11:19:45 AM »

Terrible! R.I.P.

Wasn't she the little sister of Little Eva? I don't have my "Pet projects" at hands, but I think the booklet mentioned something like that. She also sang "Number one", which Brian produced for her.
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« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2018, 12:42:21 PM »

That's just awful. Poor woman. May she be at peace now.
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« Reply #3 on: January 04, 2018, 12:42:42 PM »

So sorry. How awful.
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« Reply #4 on: January 04, 2018, 01:11:53 PM »

jesus.... Sad
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« Reply #5 on: January 05, 2018, 11:58:23 PM »

"It has been written that Betty Willis was the voice of Rachel & the Revolvers on the rare Dot single produced by Brian Wilson which is NOT true. Betty Willis and Brian Wilson never crossed paths."
https://www.facebook.com/goldstarrecordingstudios/posts/1462111487249530
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« Reply #6 on: January 06, 2018, 03:45:14 AM »

"It has been written that Betty Willis was the voice of Rachel & the Revolvers on the rare Dot single produced by Brian Wilson which is NOT true. Betty Willis and Brian Wilson never crossed paths."
https://www.facebook.com/goldstarrecordingstudios/posts/1462111487249530

Now you mention it, this has already been discussed here: http://smileysmile.net/board/index.php/topic,16979.0.html
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« Reply #7 on: January 06, 2018, 08:58:18 AM »

Freakin' awful news. I'd uncovered that pic of Betty during my research a couple of years ago. Very saddened and angry to hear now about how things turned for her in her final years, including her horrible death.  God bless, and R.I.P.
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