WHERE ARE THEY NOW? Betty Boo

…in the Summer of 1990, Alison Clarkson aka Betty Boo asked that very question. Now we ask, where are YOU Betty Boo?

Betty Boo made her debut when she was 19 years old on the music scene in the summer of 1989 featuring on The Beatmasters smash hit “Hey DJ I Can’t Dance (To The Music You’re Playing)”.

The following year, Betty made her solo debut with the self-appreciating number “Doin’ The Do”.

Both “Hey DJ” and “Doin’ The Do” peaked at number seven in the UK, however, her next release “Where Are You Baby?” went much higher, to number three, and Betty seemed unstoppable. That Christmas she released the slowey “24 Hours”, all taken from her top five debut long player “Boomania”. She spend most of 1991 writing and recording her second album “Grrr, It’s Betty Boo” and made a return to the chart in the Summer of 1992 with “Let Me Take You There” (altogether now “doobie de doo, de doo”).

That seemed to be it. So what’s happened in the last 26 years and where HAS Betty Boo gone? “Let Me Take You There” was her last appearance in the UK top 40. The remaining singles from her second release charted much lower. At the time she was signed to WEA Records and, apparently, turned DOWN the opportunity to sign to Madonna’s record label Maverick!

She turned to songwriting in the late 90’s and helped Chris Herbert (The Spice Girls) to found a new girl group called Girl Thing in 1998. One song she did co-author for their debut album was a track called “Pure And Simple”. But this was not to happen. Instead, it was given to the winners of the 2001 reality TV show ‘Popstars’, Hear’Say – remember them?

It went straight to the top of the singles chart and sold over a million copies in the UK and was given the Ivor Novello Award for biggest selling single. ‘Betty’/Alison subsequently went on to write songs for Girls Aloud, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Dannii Minogue.

In 2006 she made an attempt to relaunch her own career, this time with Alex James  (formally of Blur) in a partnership known as WigWam. Their debut single “Wigwam” reached number 60 on the single chart.

And that was that!

Her next partnership came the following year with electro-dance group Jack Rokka. Together, they released the single “Take Off” which…well…didn’t! It made number 92.

Since then, Clarkson has dabbled in songwriting and even a historical musical with historian Kate Williams on the life of Dame Emma Hamilton (1765-1815). Little has been seen or heard of her in the 2010’s, apart from an appearance in late 2017 to attend the West End premier of the musical ‘Everybody’s Talking About Jamie’.

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So, Betty isn’t it about time that you started ‘doin’ the do’ again?! Where are you baby? Maybe someday in the not too distant future, she will take to the stage and answer all these questions and more.

Here’s hoping…

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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