Mostly Credited As: BETTY
Birth Name: Betty
Date Of Birth: 1985
Country Of Birth: USA
Birth Place: Washington, D.C.
“BETTY” is a five-piece pop, rock, alternative group that was originally formed in Washington D.C. in 1985. The current group members include Alyson Palmer on bass guitar & vocals, Amy Ziff on Cello & vocals, her sister Elizabeth Ziff on guitar & vocals, Mino Gori on drums & percussion and Tony Salvatore on lead guitar. In 1986 the 3 girls in the group Alyson, Amy and Elizabeth starred in the very short-lived weekly Family TV series "Encyclopedia". Late in 1987 the 3 girls moved to New York City where they currently reside. The trio released their debut record titled “Hello Betty!” in 1991 that included 21 songs on it mostly composed by one or more of the girls. They released the album on “The Man From B.E.T.T.Y.” record label that the trio and Mike Thorne created. The 3 girls formed their band as a trio but in 1995 they added Tony to the group.
In 1996 the group released their 2nd album titled “Limboland” on the small independent record label “Intersound”. They next added Mino to their group in 1998. In 1999 they renamed their record label to “Betty Rules” and released their 3rd album titled “Betty 3” on 23 March 1999. They released “Carnival” their 4th album on “Stereo Society” records on 29 February 2000. Also in 2000 the band met with Michael Greif, the director of the Broadway musical hit "Rent" and they put together “BETTY RULES” which ran for 7 months off-Broadway at New York's Zipper Theater before heading out on tour. On 23 December 2003 the band released a soundtrack type album based on their off-Broadway musical “BETTY RULES” with 21 songs on it all written by the 3 girls titled “Betty Rules: Original Cast”.
In January 2004 Ruby Lucca Salvatore Palmer whose nickname is ‘RubyLu’ was born to Alyson and the group’s lead guitarist Tony Salvatore. Their musical ran at the Chicago Lakeshore Theater in 2004 and on 14 December their 5th album titled “Snowbiz” was released. This album was released on their “Betty Rules” label and was a vaguely holiday-themed album of mostly band composed songs. On 20 February 2005 the groups’ newly composed theme song for the “Showtime” TV original weekly romantic drama series the “L Word” made it’s debut in the shows 2nd season opener. The girls played themselves on the final show of the season in episode #13 titled “Lacuna” on 15 May 2005. On 6 March their off-Broadway musical play “BETTY RULES” opened for a 5-week run at Theater J at 16th & Q streets in Northwest, Washington D.C.
Over the years, the group has held benefit performances to help raise over $25,000,000 for different charities. Some of the causes they believe in include, equal rights, feminism, finding cures for breast cancer and AIDS, Planned Parenthood, the Pro-Choice movement, an end to sexual violence and everybody’s inalienable right to safely dance naked in the streets.
Alyson was born in New York City, New York.
Amy & her sister Elizabeth were both born in Fairfax, Virginia.