Vocalist Diane Beverly started Cash & Carry in 1975 in Hartwood, Virginia, with Richard Green on lead guitar and Billy Rupprecht on keyboards. A cover band on the lounge and private party circuit, the group cut their one and only record in 1978—an off kilter, yet silky-smooth rendition of Boz Scaggs’ yacht rock classic “Low Down” on the private Miles label out of Fredericksburg. Beverly appeared on radio ads and sang backup in other groups, but declined to go deeper with music due to the sexism and harassment endemic to the business. Instead, she founded her own accounting business in 1988, and ran it until she passed in 2017. She remained lifelong friends with the rest of the group and sometimes played music with them, but “didn’t want to live the road life,” according to nephew Ryan Beverly, who eventually took over Diane’s firm. “That was her life. She did top 40 and taxes,” he said.
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