At times, the workings of the cosmos are so peculiar as to be completely inscrutable. And so it is that Betty Taylor, who brought Slue Foot Sue to life for thirty years at Disneyland’s Golden Horseshoe Jamboree, passed away within a single day of her fellow performer of over 40,000 shows, Wally Boag.
Taylor debuted at Disneyland in 1956, and performed there five days a week until her retirement in 1986 (Boag having retired in 1982). Her more than 45,000 performances helped make the Golden Horseshoe Jamboree not only a legendary Disneyland experience, but also the most-performed stage show of all time.
I suppose it’s strange to view the passing of two individuals who lived such long and rich lives as tragic, but one can’t help but to feel that way when two very unique and special people have passed out of this world.
Again, perhaps its best to let Betty’s work speak for itself. Her she is in 1962, performing her signature number, Bill Bailey.
I have one question, though – how many of you fellows who grew up out California way also grew up nursing a crush for Ms. Taylor? I have a feeling that quite a few of you did…