Pearl Mae Bailey was a famous actress and singer and Louie Bellson was a famous jazz drummer, composer and bandleader.
Bellson was Duke Ellington’s first white musician and met Bailey after being introduced by a trombone player.
After a courtship lasting just four days they were married, in London.
It was Bailey’s third marriage and Bellson’s first.
He feared that the tabloid publicity would tarnish his battle for equality and dignity.
Some describe it as one of the most remarkable events in English musical history.
Barney died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1969, and Betty died of cancer in 2004.
Many of Betty Hill’s notes, tapes and other items have been placed in a permanent collection at the library of the University of New Hampshire, her alma mater.
The Hills were also members of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) and community leaders.
On the night of September19th, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were heading back from a vacation in Southern Canada to their home in New England.