Betty McQuade Dies At 70 -
Betty McQuade

Betty McQuade

Betty McQuade Dies At 70

by Paul Cashmere on December 29, 2011

in News

Betty McQuade, best known for her hit ‘Midnight Bus’, has died in Brisbane on December 26, 2011 at age 70 after a long illness.

Betty McQuade

Betty McQuade

Betty’s sister Rachel has announced her death in an obituary stating, “no more pain now Bet”.

Betty’s biggest hit ‘Midnight Bus’ was written by John D. Loudermilk. He once said her version was his favourite.

Loudermilk wrote ‘Midnight Bus’ in 1960 and Betty recorded his song in 1961. He released it as a b-side for his megahit ‘Tobacco Road’.

Betty, from Melbourne, was not the only Melbournian to have a hit with the song. She was born in Scotland, emigrated to Brisbane and ended up working in Melbourne.

In 1972, Johnny Chester also had a hit with the song. Chester was also a support act for the one and only Australian tour by The Beatles in 1964.

Betty’s version of ‘Midnight Bus’ peaked at #6 in Melbourne in 1961 but wasn’t a hit in Perth and Brisbane where it reached #17 in Brisbane and #1 in Perth in 1965.



Related Posts

Roger Waters talking at an event for Australia Palestine Advocacy Network (APAN) at the Atheneum Theatre Melbourne on Friday 9 February 2018. Photo Ros O'Gorman
Roger Waters And Le Trio Joubran Collaborate On Palestinian Poem Supremacy

Roger Waters has teamed with Le Trio Joubran to perform an excerpt on a piece called Supremacy by Palestinian poet Mahmoud Darwish.

7 hours ago
Aretha Franklin, Noise11, Photo
Aretha Franklin Cancels Two More Shows On Doctor’s Orders

Once again, Aretha Franklin has cancelled scheduled performances due to orders from her doctor.

1 day ago
The Who Roger Daltry. Photo by Ros O'Gorman
Roger Daltrey Covers Nick Cave On New Album

For the first time since 1992's Rocks in the Head, Roger Daltrey is releasing a solo album and he is covering Nick Cave.

3 days ago
Glenn Campbell images photo
Glen Campbell Estate Is A Legal Mess

The estate of Glen Campbell appears to be in a bit of disarray.

3 days ago
Tom Jones, Forum theatre Melbourne 2014, photo Ros O'Gorman
Tom Jones Is Working With

The Voice U.K. coaches Tom Jones and are planning to work on a new song together.

6 days ago
Ken Dodd
R.I.P. Ken Dodd 1928-2018

Legendary British singer and comedian Sir Ken Dodd has died aged 90.

6 days ago
Nokie Edwards
R.I.P. Nokie Edwards of The Ventures 1935-2018

Guitarist Nokie Edwards, who played with the Ventures during a number of periods between 1960 and 2012, died on Monday from an infection he incurred after hip surgery in December. He was 82.

6 days ago