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Betty Wright

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Betty Wright (born December 21, 1953, in Miami, Florida) is a soul and R&B singer, who influenced a generation of female singer-songwriters and also influenced the world of hip hop, who sampled some of her more famous material.

Born singing gospel with the family group, the Echoes of Joy, Wright began switching to R&B music in 1965 when she was only 11. In 1968, she released her first album, My First Time Around, at the age of 15, and scored her first hit, “Girls Can’t Do What Guys Can Do”. But it was not until the end of 1971 that Wright’s most successful phase of her career took place.

The song, “Clean Up Woman”, became a Top 5 pop and R&B hit, and would later influence a remix of Mary J. Blige’s “Real Love” single with the sample of its guitar riffs; R&B girl group trio SWV’s “I’m So Into You” also featured a sample from “Clean Up Woman,” as did Afrika Bambaataa’s song “Zulu War Chant.” In 1974, Wright scored big with the songs “Tonight is the Night” (about a real-life love affair that happened with Wright when she was a teenager) and “Where is the Love” (which won her a Grammy for Best R&B Song).

After experiencing a brief slump in the early 1980s, she rebounded founding her own record label, Ms. B Records, and in 1988 made music history by being the first woman to have a gold record on her own label, with the release of Mother Wit, which featured two of her biggest hits in years, “No Pain No Gain” and the “After The Pain.” On both songs, Wright displays her powerful upper register capabilities and five-octave range. In 1989, Wright released “4u2njoy” which features the hit songs “From Pain To Joy” (#39 R&B), “Quiet Storm” (#88 R&B) and “Keep Love New” (#71 R&B).

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  • Relikias

    Legal esta cantora praticamente desconhecida ser homenageada aqui... Talvez seja mais conhecida no Brasil pelo sucesso NO PAIN NO GAIN; que estava na novela BEBÊ A BORDO - há algum tempo a ouvi na rádio (em PORTO ALEGRE!). Músicas até meio ingênuas/leves do tipo são as melhores.

    21 Mar 2013 Reply
  • FredMalus

    @CRiiSs/, but that was at the time, when Betty was singing this song. Now in the 21st century it is different, you have the same rights :-)

    20 Feb 2013 Reply
  • SoulJazzsterInc

    "The Movie" is excellent!

    3 Jul 2012 Reply
  • kennedyschaller

    No Pain, No Gain <3

    27 May 2012 Reply
  • CRiiSs7

    Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do <3

    31 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nickifenty

    Afther the pain ♥

    3 Jan 2012 Reply
  • Druid66

    Great looking, great sounding, a total delight.

    1 Oct 2011 Reply
  • jmiller5302

    <3

    15 Sep 2011 Reply
  • jheanlimma

    No Pain No Gain ♥

    6 May 2011 Reply
  • alively1955

    Next to Aretha, she's the HIT!

    5 Mar 2011 Reply
  • No3made

    queen of soul!!!

    17 Nov 2010 Reply
  • cocoabunny5000

    One Of the Best !!!

    8 Nov 2010 Reply
  • discotequedude

    Betty Wright is an excellent singer-songwriter! Her later career albums and songs are just as fabulous as her earlier material! It should not be as underappreciated as it is. The plays for her songs recorded after 1988 should be MUCH HIGHER!

    1 Sep 2010 Reply
  • mrsean20

    amazing

    6 May 2010 Reply
  • jippijs

    Love her!

    28 Mar 2010 Reply
  • trishbell

    her signature tune.....Clean Up Woman, not available? A shame.

    27 Mar 2010 Reply
  • raymondohalla

    !

    8 Feb 2010 Reply
  • FatimaSSM

    Fala aí pessoal, essa canta muuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuito!

    15 Jan 2010 Reply
  • RuruRoosta

    Tonight, is the night. I remember hearing this song play all the time as a kid whenever my mom and her friends were together gossiping and what not.

    22 Oct 2009 Reply
  • el_yucatan

    tonight's the night like Betty Wright and I'm chillin'

    12 Aug 2009 Reply
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