Nashville’s own The WannaBeatles honor the beloved comedian-actress with “Betty White’s 91st Birthday Bash & Contest” at Nashville’s 3rd and Lindsley (818 Third Ave. South, 37210) on Thursday, January 17th beginning at 7:00 pm. The plucky quartet will perform its recent release “Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song)” as well as a set list of Beatles’ classics for which they’re known. Tickets are $10.00 at the door or available online here with proceeds benefiting the American Humane Association, an organization that includes White among its celebrity supporters. The first twenty guests through the door will receive a free Betty White fan as seen in the latest video from The WannaBeatles. The event includes special appearances from The Betty White Dancers and Betty look-alike, Evelyn Ford.
Fans of Betty White can send in special video birthday greetings to the star via The WannaBeatles Facebook page and be entered to win a personalized autographed photo of Betty White plus dinner at The WannaBeatles’ show at Puckett’s Grocery in Franklin on Friday, January 18. There is a $12.00 cover charge for the 8:30 pm show. Dinner Reservations can be made here or by calling (615) 794-5527.
The Nashville band’s new song and video, “Oh Betty! (The Betty White Song),” honors the ever-popular, 90-year-old actress (who beat them out for a GRAMMY in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category in 2012; The WannaBeatles’ Fab Fan Memories — The Beatles Bond was also nominated in the category). The video, which features The WannaBeatles as a ’60s-styled singing quartet and Evelyn Ford as a Betty White imposter, is available for viewing on YouTube. The song is available on iTunes.
The WannaBeatles worked hard to craft a tune that exudes the true spirit of what Betty White is all about. The toe-tapping, hook-driven number is reminiscent of clever, sing-along hits from the 1950s and ’60s. The star said she was “very flattered” after listening to the song.
The video was taped at the historic Palace Theater in Gallatin, Tenn. The “Oh Betty!” team included The WannaBeatles, director Vince Pinkerton, videographer Tom Terry, stage manager Larry Gregory, choreographer Brooke Bryant, and production assistant Lucy Hart. Evelyn Ford portrayed “Betty”, while Brooke Bryant and Susannah Smith White served as silver-haired Betty White dancers. Costumes and props were provided by Halloween Inc., Kim & Kit Vintage, and Get it Guru. Chuck Whiting served as project publicist, and meals were catered by The Pizza Machine.
“The Beatles are well known for putting their anecdotes into songs,” said WannaBeatles keyboardist Nathan Burbank. “We are following the sample of our mentors by telling our tale in the best way we know how. The Betty White video could be the beginning of a reality-based WannaBeatles TV show.”
ABOUT THE WANNABEATLES:
The WannaBeatles is a high energy group of four professional musicians with a passion for the songs of John, Paul, George, and Ringo – the Beatles. These are the songs we all grew up listening to. Kids today have rediscovered the music of the Beatles which proves that great music will stand the test of time. The WannaBeatles consists of Grammy award winning and talented music producers, arrangers, studio players, and singers who have “Come Together” to play the music they grew up with. Ever since their first all Beatles gig together, it was love at the first note! Since then, the WannaBeatles have developed a following of regulars who look forward to the band’s own special version of the British Invasion.
The WannaBeatles (Bryan Cumming, Nathan Burbank, Dennis Scott and David Toledo) received their first Grammy nomination in December 2011 as the producers of “Fab Fan Memories – The Beatles Bond”, a CD featuring songs, stories, recollections and fond thoughts about The Beatles from celebrities and everyday fans. The project was nominated in the “Best Spoken Word Album” category. The other nominees included Tina Fey, Betty White, and Val Kilmer. The audio book features narration by George Harrison’s older sister, Louise Harrison, with performances by The Liverpool Legends of Branson, Mo., and The WannaBeatles in Music City.