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"Betty Co-Ed" (Rudy Vallee, 1931)

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Uploaded on Jul 6, 2008

Betty Boop's inspiration? There's some connection (see note below) but the flapper-fatale and the poodle-girl soon parted cartoon company.

This rah-rah romance is up there with the Maine Stein & the Yale Whiffenpoof songs among college anthems put in the national hit parade by Rudy and the Yankees.

Music by J. Paul Fogarty; words by Rudy himself:

BETTY CO-ED

Flirtation is an art with Betty Co-ed,
Her station quite depends upon her charms,
She gets the men in rushes by well-cultivated blushes
And she's happy with a fellow on each arm!

Betty Co-ed has lips of red for Harvard,
Betty Co-ed has eyes of Yale's deep blue,
Betty Co-ed's a golden head for Princeton,
Her dress I guess is black for old Purdue!

Betty Co-ed's a smile for Pennsylvania,
Her heart is Dartmouth's treasure, so 'tis said,
Betty Co-ed is loved by every college boy,
But I'm the one who's loved by Betty Co-ed!

She made a wreck of Carnegie Tech and all of its engineers;
She did the same at old Notre Dame, her line is good for years;
Roguish eyes, telling lies, breathing sighs!

Betty Co-ed has lips of red for Cornell,
Betty Co-ed has eyes of Navy blue,
Betty Co-ed's a golden head for Amherst,
Her dress, I guess, is white for Georgia, too!

Betty Co-ed's a smile for old Northwestern,
Her heart is Texas's treasure, so 'tis said,
Betty Co-ed is loved by every college boy,
But I'm the one who's loved by Betty Co-ed!

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...Although some claim that Betty's first name was established in the 1931 Screen Songs cartoon Betty Co-ed, this "Betty" was, in truth, an entirely different character. Though the song itself may have led to Betty's eventual christening, any references to Betty Co-ed as a Betty Boop vehicle have been made in error. (The official Betty Boop website describes the titular character as a "prototype" of Betty.) In all, there were at least 12 Screen Songs cartoons that featured either Betty Boop or a similar character...

http://www.answers.com/topic/betty-bo...

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