This week’s episode of Sons of Anarchy is a great one for Katey Sagal. There’s a scene with Maggie Siff’s Tara that we’d rank in Gemma’s top five, and Sagal’s stirring rendition of Jackson Browne’s “For a Dancer,” available on her new album Covered, is used for an opening montage. (Browne provides background vocals for the album’s beautifully somber cover of Steve Earle’s “Goodbye”: “[Earle’s] in recovery. I’m in recovery as well. He calls that song an amends song, and I know all about that,” she says.)

SOA fans may not know that Sagal, who has two other solo albums, worked as a backup singer for Bette Midler for about five years. “We’d do the same show night after night, but she’d still rehearse. Like all around the world, she’d rehearse in the lobbies of hotels. She was always tightening,” Sagal recalls. She sang with Etta James for a period as well. “I traveled across the country — me, Etta, and a bunch of guys on a bus. That was interesting,” she says. And then there was Bob Dylan: “I could barely speak. He ended up firing me, I’m sure, because I couldn’t even talk.”

As we learned when Sagal sat down for an EW Pop Culture Personality Test, that’s not the only time she’s been starstruck. Watch the video below in which she shares a childhood memory about police having to escort her home in 1964, when the Beatles came to Los Angeles to play a charity event. Among the crowd of hysterical young girls who made the CBS News while waiting outside to catch a glimpse of the Fab Four — Sagal. Bless the Internet, we found the footage…

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Sons of Anarchy

Kurt Sutter’s original series, starring Charlie Hunnam, Ron Perlman, and Katey Sagal.

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