Betty Luboff, a longtime resident of Santa Monica and Marina del Rey and the founder of the Marina Singers, died in her sleep Sunday, February 19th.
She was born Elizabeth “Betty” Mulliner in upstate New York November 15th, 1916.
In the late 1930s and 1940s radio era in New York City, she was a successful singer and often performed on radio programs such as the Lucky Strike Hit Parade and KFI’s Railroad Hour as a soloist and lead singer.
Luboff also made several recordings as a backup singer for popular artists during that period and for the movies.
She married Norman Luboff of the Norman Luboff Choir in 1944, and in 1948 she and her husband moved to California so that he could pursue a choral arrangement and directing career.
In California, Betty Luboff became a successful session singer and later moved to England and back to New York City.
She was lead soprano for the Norman Luboff choir until she retired in the late 1960s.
Betty and Norman Luboff divorced in 1968, and Betty Luboff moved to Marina del Rey, where she stayed for 20 years.
Looking for a way to sing Christmas carols in the 1970s, she started a local singing group called the Marina Singers.
She later moved to Santa Monica, where she lived until her death.
A memorial service was held at the Silvercrest Senior Residence in Santa Monica.
Betty Luboff is survived by daughter Bettina “Tina” Luboff of Santa Monica; son Peter Luboff and daughter-in-law Pat of Nashville; and niece Pepper and nephew Palladin.
Tina Luboff and Peter Luboff have continued the family’s musical tradition by working as singer-songwriters.
“She went peacefully and gracefully in her sleep,” said Tina Luboff.
Donations in Betty Luboff’s name can be sent to the Unity Church of Santa Monica or the Salvation Army.