Betty’s favorite country songs include Dolly Parton‘s ’9 to 5.’ “I like Dolly’s whole approach to life with ongoing and uplifting songs," she tell The Boot. "I never met Dolly but everything I ever heard about her she was a great gal to know and you could kind of get it in her music and her voice and her approach to lyrics.” Another of her favorites is ‘Sixteen Tons’ by Tennessee Ernie Ford. “I knew him, and Ernie was a very likable guy, and the power of his voice was amazing!”
Betty also goes on talking about her fictional characters, Sue Ann Nivens, on the Mary Tyler Moore Show, and Rose Nyland of The Golden Girls. When asked if her characters would like country music she tells The Boot, “I’m not sure Sue Ann would have liked country music unless she met a country music singer, and, of course, she’d go for him!”
Betty jokes about Sue Ann and Lefty Frizzell's hit, ‘If You’ve Got the Money, I’ve Got the Time’? “I think she would have changed the title to “Even If You Don’t Have the Money, I’ve Got the Time,” Betty tells The Boot. “She was the neighborhood nymphomaniac. I think Rose might have liked ‘Goodnight Irene,’ … but that might be better for Sue Ann, although she would have changed the name to ‘Goodnight Sue Ann."
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