Betty Jean Robinson was a renowned country and gospel singer and songwriter who recorded 36 albums and wrote hundreds of songs. She was known for her hits such as “Hello Love”, “Ride Out Your Storm”, and “He is Jehovah”. She also had a television program called “Up On Melody Mountain” that aired on the Trinity Broadcasting Network. She passed away on November 25, 2021, at the age of 88. Here is a brief overview of her life and legacy.
Early Life and Career
Betty Jean Robinson was born as Betty Jean Rhodes on June 17, 1933, in Hyden, Kentucky, on the foothills of the Appalachian mountains. She grew up in poverty and moved to Nashville when she was old enough to pursue her musical dreams. She married William Harold Robinson and started writing songs in the country music field. She was voted Billboard Magazine’s songwriter of the year in 196
She signed to Metromedia Records and later to Decca Records, where she wrote many hit songs for herself and other artists. She wrote “Baby’s Back Again”, which was a top ten hit for Connie Smith, and co-wrote “Hello Love”, which was Hank Snow’s last number one hit, and was the original theme song for A Prairie Home Companion. She also did several duets with country music star Carl Belew
Transition to Gospel Music
In the 1970s, Robinson felt a calling to switch to gospel music and dedicated her life to spreading the message of Jesus Christ. She recorded many gospel albums and songs that became anthems for the Christian community. Some of her most popular songs include “Jesus Is Alive and Well”, “On the Way Home”, “Ride Out Your Storm”, and “He is Jehovah”. She also wrote a book called “Up On Melody Mountain”, which shared her testimony and experiences
She started broadcasting a show with the same name on the Trinity Broadcasting Network, where she sang and shared inspirational moments with her audience. The show was a depiction of Robinson in what looked like her Tennessee mountain home, which she called Melody Mountain. She lived there until her death
Personal Life and Death
Robinson faced many tragedies in her personal life. Her two daughters, Elizabeth Kimberly Nauman and Rebecca Lynn Mullins, predeceased her in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Her husband also passed away before her. She had five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren, who survived her
She continued to live in the hills of Franklin, Tennessee, until her death on November 25, 2021, at the age of 88. The cause of her death was not disclosed, but it was reported that she died peacefully at her home
Legacy and Tributes
Robinson left behind a legacy of music and faith that touched millions of people around the world. She was honored by various organizations for her songwriting and singing talents. She was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame in 2011 and received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Inspirational Country Music Association in 2014
Many fans and fellow artists paid tribute to her on social media and expressed their condolences and gratitude for her music and ministry. Some of the celebrities who mourned her passing include Dolly Parton, Ricky Skaggs, Reba McEntire, and Bill Gaither.
Betty Jean Robinson was a remarkable woman who used her gifts to glorify God and bless others. She will be remembered as one of the pioneers of country and gospel music and a faithful servant of the Lord. May she rest in peace and sing with the angels in heaven.