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Miami R&B Legend, Betty Wright is dead



Is Betty Wright still alive? American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and background vocalist, Betty Wright who rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as “Clean Up Woman” and “Tonight is the Night” has passed away. She is also prominent in regard to the use of whistle register.  Miami R&B Legend, Betty Wright is dead.

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It has been confirmed that Miami R&B Legend, Betty Wright has passed away. Betty Wright died at the age of 66. Betty Wright cause of death is not yet known as at the time of filing in this report.

On May 3, 2020 Chaka Khan went to Twitter on Saturday night to ask her fans to pray for legendary singer Betty Wright: “Calling all my #PrayWarriors.

My beloved sister, Betty Wright is now in need of all your prayers,” Khan wrote. Fans immediately became concerned about the health of the 66 year old Wright, who was recently honored in an episode of TV One’s flagship series, Unsung.

One of the most talented and underrated vocalists of her generation, Betty Wright has only recently received a fraction of the accolades she deserves for her notable career as a singer, songwriter and pioneering independent recording artist.

We will be praying for complete health for one of the greatest, and most important artists of her generation.

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Few Things You Need To Know About Betty Wright

Bessie Regina Norris was born in Miami Florida on December 21, 1953.

She was the youngest of seven children of Rosa Akins Braddy-Wright and her second husband, McArthur Norris.

Betty Wright began her professional career at the age of two when her siblings formed the gospel group, the Echoes of Joy.

She contributed to vocals on the group’s first album, released in 1956. Wright and her siblings performed together until the mid-1960s.

In 1965, following the group’s break-up, 11-year-old Wright, who was already using the name Betty Wright, decided to switch musical styles from gospel to rhythm and blues, singing in local talent shows until being spotted by a local Miami record label owner, who signed her to her first label (Deep City Records) in 1966 at twelve.

She released the singles, “Thank You Baby” and “Paralyzed”, which found Wright local fame in Miami.

In 1967, Betty Wright was responsible for discovering other local talents such as George and Gwen McCrae, helping them sign with the Alston Records label, part of Henry Stone’s TK recording and distribution company.

About a year after releasing her solo album, Wright released her signature song, “Clean Up Woman”, written by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke when she was 17. Another successful composition was the proto-disco number, “Where Is the Love” (co-written by Wright, with producers, Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, from KC & The Sunshine Band).

A second prominent overseas hit was another proto-disco number, “Shoorah! Shoorah!”, issued on Alston and written by Allen Toussaint! Her most successful composition is the smooth soul ballad, “Tonight Is the Night”, which Wright attributed to her first sexual experiences.

My First Time Around, her first album, was released when she was still 14.

Her first hit single was “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do”.

While still in high school in 1970, Wright released “Pure Love” at the age of sixteen

Betty Wright Albums

My First Time Around (1968)

I Love The Way You Love (1972)

Hard To Stop (1973)

Danger High Voltage (1974)

Explosion! (1976)

This Time For Real (1977)

Live (1978)

Travelin’ In The Wright Circle (1979)

Betty Wright (1981)

Wright Back At You (1983)

Sevens (1986)

Mother Wit (1988)

4u2njoy (1989)

Passion & ComPassion (1990)

All The Way Live (1992)

B-Attitudes (1994)

The Very Best Of Betty Wright (2000) Rhino Records: 8122-79861-2

Fit for A King (2001)

Betty Wright: The Movie – with the Roots (2011) [12] (US:#197); (US R&B:#27)

Living…Love…Lies (2014)

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