Betty Inada

Frank Izuoc. 1920s

California Museum

California Museum
Sacramento, United States

Betty Inada (1913-2001) realized that she could never become a major star in the U.S. because of her ethnicity. In 1933, she left for Japan. She wasn’t fluent in Japanese, but her American-accented singing was a hit. She became Japan’s most popular pre-World War II female jazz singer.


  • Title: Betty Inada
  • Creator: Frank Izuo
  • Date Created: c. 1920s
  • Location Created: Sacramento, CA, USA
  • Subject Keywords: Music, Betty Inada
  • Type: Photograph
  • Original Source: Nancy Shimizu

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