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Thread started 05/10/20 9:13am

getxxxx

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RIP Betty Wright

Betty Wright, the soul and R&B star, has died. Her niece confirmed the news, TMZ reports. In addition to recording hit singles that would be prominently sampled for years to come, Wright had a prolific career as a producer and background vocalist. She was 66.
Nick Ashford was someone I greatly admired, had the honor of knowing, and was the real-life inspiration for Cowboy Curtis' hair. RIP Nick. - Pee Wee Herman
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Reply #1 posted 05/10/20 10:00am

CoolMF

Damn! It came in 3s this weekend! RIP to the Clean Up Woman- caught one of her shows about 20 years ago and loved it.

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Reply #2 posted 05/10/20 10:24am

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Wow, much too young... R.I.P. rose

"Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything." --Plato
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Reply #3 posted 05/10/20 1:58pm

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Shit! I was hoping she was going to make it. Chaka posted a few days ago that Betty wasn't doing well at all. Damn! I haven't seen it yet but Unsung aired an episode on Betty a few weeks ago. "Mother Wit" introduced me to Betty's music and I have been a huge fan ever since. RIP, Betty.

https://www.billboard.com...dies-at-66

Legendary soul and R&B singer Betty Wright, known for classics such as "Tonight Is the Night," “No Pain, (No Gain)" and "Clean Up Woman," has died. She was 66.

Wright died from cancer at her home in Miami, Billboard has confirmed.

In early May, Chaka Khan wrote on Twitter that Wright was "now in need of all your prays." "Calling all my #PrayWarriors," Khan tweeted. "My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prays." Calling all my #PrayWarriors | My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prays. “Que Sera, Sera | Whatever Will Be, Will Be” In Jesus Name We Pray for Sister Betty All My Love Chaka pic.twitter.com/krQcfWFl5r — (@ChakaKhan) May 2, 2020

Born Bessie Regina Norris in 1953, Wright started her music career singing with Echoes of Joy, her family's gospel group in Miami. In 1968, at age 15, she released her debut album, My First Time Around, giving her a top 40 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do." Wright earned a top 10 single in 1972 with "Clean Up Woman," which peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100, and would go on to be sampled by numerous artists, including Mary J. Blige, Afrika Bambaataa and Sublime.

By the mid-'70s, Wright had scored big with songs "Tonight Is the Night" and "Where Is the Love," which earned her a Grammy for for best R&B song in 1975.

In the 1980s, Wright founded her own record label, Ms. B Records, and released the album Mother Wit, featuring the popular song "No Pain (No Gain)."

In 2003, she co-produced Joss Stone's The Soul Sessions, a collection of classic R&B songs from the 1960s and 1970s. The album, released on S-Curve Records, was shortlisted for England's Mercury Prize.

Wright was introduced to a younger generation of fans in 2006 after being appointed a vocal coach by Sean “P Diddy” Combs on his television show Making the Band.

In 2011, she teamed up with The Roots for the collaborative album, Betty Wright: The Movie, which featured guest appearances by Lil Wayne, Snoop Dogg and Stone.

"Betty Wright was one of the foundations of S-Curve's creative family," S-Curve Records founder/president Steve Greenberg tells Billboard. "She and I worked together on so many projects, ranging from Joss Stone to Tom Jones to the O’Jays, to her own album, Betty Wright & the Roots. She was a triple threat as an artist, writer and producer and she always got something extra special out of the singers she was producing. Her mere presence brought a studio to life and she had the gift of making everyone feel confident in their ability to create something magical."

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Reply #4 posted 05/10/20 3:23pm

RJOrion

what is going on?...too many of my childhood favorites passing away...Hamilton Bohannon, Millie Small, Betty Wright and Little Richard within days of each other...so sad
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Reply #5 posted 05/11/20 11:49am

Cinny

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2020 doin' the most mad

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Reply #6 posted 05/12/20 9:53am

getxxxx

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Her project with The Roots was dope... .why isnt this a sticky?

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Reply #7 posted 05/12/20 1:31pm

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getxxxx said:

Her project with The Roots was dope... .why isnt this a sticky?

I was gonna ask the same thing? biggrin

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Reply #8 posted 05/12/20 2:34pm

SoulAlive

I'll never forget Christmas 1978.My parent's friends came over on Christams Eve and one of the presents they brought was Betty Wright's Live album.This is the album that includes "Tonight Is The Night" music

Rest in peace,Betty.

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Reply #9 posted 05/12/20 5:03pm

poppys

'cause she's tough, I mean, she really cleans up flower


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Reply #10 posted 05/13/20 12:45am

SoulAlive

fun fact: to all the disco fans out there.....that's Betty singing on Peter Brown's 1978 disco hit "Dance With Me".......during the breakdown,Betty sings "you got to keep dancin' cause you're making me high,you gotta keep,keep dancing".They were labelmates at the time.

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Reply #11 posted 05/13/20 6:49am

poppys

SoulAlive said:

fun fact: to all the disco fans out there.....that's Betty singing on Peter Brown's 1978 disco hit "Dance With Me".......during the breakdown, Betty sings "you got to keep dancin' cause you're making me high,you gotta keep, keep dancing". They were labelmates at the time.

That's so cool! I remember dancing to that song many times. I didn't know she co-wrote Where is the Love either.

https://variety.com/2020/music/news/betty-wright-soul-rb-singer-dead-dies-1234603031/

...Years later, Wright co-wrote the disco-infused track “Where Is the Love” with Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch from KC & the Sunshine Band. She went on to win a Grammy for best R&B song for composing the record.

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Reply #12 posted 05/13/20 7:25am

CoolMF

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fun fact: to all the disco fans out there.....that's Betty singing on Peter Brown's 1978 disco hit "Dance With Me".......during the breakdown,Betty sings "you got to keep dancin' cause you're making me high,you gotta keep,keep dancing".They were labelmates at the time.

Word. That's a pretty cool factoid.

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Reply #13 posted 05/14/20 9:36am

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RIP Betty, gone too soon. As a teenage kid I used to hear her song "Tonight is the night" on late night radio and fell in love with that track. For that song alone she is a legend in my eyes.

RIP Prince: thank U 4 a funky Time!
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Reply #14 posted 05/14/20 2:49pm

getxxxx

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And she was Jennifer Lopez vocal coach.
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Reply #15 posted 05/14/20 4:51pm

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Reply #16 posted 05/14/20 7:49pm

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getxxxx said:

And she was Jennifer Lopez vocal coach.

hmm She used to coach the Jackson clan, also.

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Reply #17 posted 05/14/20 8:51pm

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SoulAlive said:

fun fact: to all the disco fans out there.....that's Betty singing on Peter Brown's 1978 disco hit "Dance With Me".......during the breakdown,Betty sings "you got to keep dancin' cause you're making me high,you gotta keep,keep dancing".They were labelmates at the time.

As a kid in the 70's I never knew that. My cousin used to have the album and I remember me

and one of his friends used to always joke around and sing You Should Do It Right. Betty is seen singing on the video for Dance With Me if I'm not mistaken. Didn't she work with KC as well?

Don't laugh at my funk
This funk is a serious joint
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Reply #18 posted 05/14/20 9:17pm

SoulAlive

phunkdaddy said:



SoulAlive said:


fun fact: to all the disco fans out there.....that's Betty singing on Peter Brown's 1978 disco hit "Dance With Me".....during the breakdown,Betty sings "you got to keep dancin' cause you're making me high,you gotta keep,keep dancing".They were labelmates at the time.






As a kid in the 70's I never knew that. My cousin used to have the album and I remember me


and one of his friends used to always joke around and sing You Should Do It Right. Betty is seen singing on the video for Dance With Me if I'm not mistaken. Didn't she work with KC as well?




Yep,she worked with KC.

Funny you mentioned “You Should Do It”.Betty appears on that song too.She doesn’t have a solo part,she is singing along with Peter.
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Reply #19 posted 05/20/20 6:56am

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I believe the funeral will stream on facebook also.

Celebrating Betty Wright: Watch the funeral of the Miami music legend live Saturday on Local10.com

Singer Betty Wright will be remembered at a funeral service Saturday at noon, and you can watch it right here on Local10.com. The live stream will run on this page.

The family has invited fans of the late soul and R&B singer/songwriter to watch online so as to not gather a crowd in the church where the service is taking place. Florida Memorial University is partnering with Local 10 to stream it.

Wright died May 10 at age 66 after battling cancer. Born and raised in Liberty City, she toured with James Brown and Bob Marley, among many others, and she established herself as a mentor to many names in the music industry today.


https://www.local10.com/n...ocal10com/

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Reply #20 posted 05/29/20 7:24am

hardwork

She produced arguably Gwen McCrae's best LP in 1979 "The Melody of Life."

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