Rest in Peace: Betty Wright passes away at 66

Written by on May 10, 2020

My goodness, it is becoming overwhelming how many of our music and entertainment culture icons are passing away. All in one weekend, we lost Andre Harrell and Little Richard and now the Legendary soul and R&B singer Betty Wright.

While not known for a ginormous catalogue, her songs like Tonight is the Night, No Pain, No Gain and Clean Up Woman are still classic jams that are heard regularly in the bars, clubs and radio station in the center of black America. And yes, the hi[phop generation has wantonly sampled the songs so that they are interqoven in to soundtrack of the culture.

According to Billboard Magazine, Wright died from cancer at her home in Miami.

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 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.

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 prayers.”

At Beach City Radio, we stand with the entire music world to say well done Betty Wright.. Thank you for the soul. Thank you for you. May you rest in eternal peace.


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