RIP to the television icon, the hot dog and vodka connoisseur, the great and powerful… Betty White.
Betty unfortunately passed away todayat 99 years old, just weeks before her 100th birthday in January 17th. And while the internet will undoubtedly be flooded with fond memories and condolences, we’re gonna take it back to what we know best… country music.
And as it turns out, Betty White was actually quite the country music fan. In fact, she called it one of her favorite genres.
In a 2010 interview with The Boot, Betty reflected on her love of country music:
“Country music tells stories, and it’s also basic. It’s the kind of music that reaches right inside of you because it’s simple and it’s direct.
I just enjoy it thoroughly. It’s relaxing and nostalgic. It can turn on some lovely memories and sometimes some poignant ones.”
She added that Dolly Parton’s “9 To 5” was one of her favorite songs, as well as “Sixteen Tons” by Tennessee Ernie Ford:
“I like Dolly’s whole approach to life with ongoing and uplifting songs. 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.”
Regarding Ernie, she added:
“I knew him, and Ernie was a very likable guy, and the power of his voice was amazing.”