Betty Wright ‘The Clean Up Woman’ Has Passed Away at 66
According to Wikipedia, Bessie Regina Norris was born on December 21, 1953, in Miami. Fl and passed today, May 10, 2020, at the age of 66. Betty Wright will forever be remembered for her timeless hots, 'Clean Up Woman'and 'Tonight Is The Night'. Betty Wright was also known as one a fraction of singers whose voice reached 'whistle register' status, according to Wikipedia, which is explained as
the highest register of the human voice, lying above the modal register and falsetto register. This register has a specific physiological production that is different from the other registers, and is so called because the timbre of the notes that are produced from this register is similar to that of a whistle.
According to Rolling Stone Magazine, here is the chronological account of Betty Wright's musical legacy:
- 1967 Betty Wright's 1st Album release at age 14, 'My First Time Around'
- 1967 Betty Wright's 1st Hit at age 15, “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.”
- 1971 Betty Wright released the Hit 'Clean Up Woman'
- 1974 Betty Wright released the Hit 'Tonight Is The Night'
- 1978 Betty Wright sings vocals on Peter Brown's Disco Hit 'Dance With Me'
- 1978 Betty Wright wins a Grammy Award for 'Where Is The Love'
- 1988 Betty Wright releases her Hit 'No Pain No Gain'
- 2008 Betty Wright was nominated for a Grammy for her appearance on 'Playing With Fire' on Lil Wayne’s Tha Carter III album
Betty Wright has provided background vocals for the following, according to Roling Stone Magazine:
- Stevie Wonder
- Clarence Clemons
- Stephen Stills
- Peter Tosh
- David Byrne
- Erykah Badu
Artists Who Sampled Bett Wright Songs, according to Rolling Stone Magazine:
- Chance the Rapper -'Favorite Song'
- Mary J. Blige - 1993 “Real Love” remix with Notorious B.I.G.
- SWV - “I’m So Into You”
- Beyoncé’s 2006 - “Upgrade U” sampled Betty Wright’s “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.”
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Betty Wright's music will live on forever as she will be missed. Betty Wright was a phenomenal unsung music artist who contributed much more to the music industry than she has been publicly recognized for. WBLK sends our condolences relative to one of music's legends.