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Bettye Swann

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Bettye Swann (born Betty Jean Champion, October 24, 1944, Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American soul music singer, best known for her 1967 hit song “Make Me Yours”.

She grew up in Arcadia, Louisiana, one of 14 children, and moved to Los Angeles, California, in 1963. Although some sources state that she was in a vocal group known as The Fawns who recorded for Money Records in 1964, she has refuted this, saying that she sang with a trio in Arcadia by that name.

In 1964 she started a solo singing career, as Bettye Swann, at the prompting of local DJ Al Scott, who became her manager. After a minor hit with the self-penned “Don’t Wait Too Long,” her big breakthrough came with “Make Me Yours”, which topped the Billboard R&B charts in July 1967, and also made #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1968 she split with Scott, moved to Georgia, won a new contract with Capitol Records and had another hit in 1969 with “Don’t Touch Me” (#14 R&B, #38 Hot 100).
In 1972 she transferred to Atlantic Records, and had a couple of minor hits with “Victim of a Foolish Heart” (later revived by Joss Stone), and Merle Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again.” She continued to record until the mid-1970s, but with little commercial success. Her last public performance as Bettye Swann was in 2013, live in Cleethorpes.
As Betty Barton, she then worked in the education sector in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, and became a Jehovah’s Witness. She is now retired and, according to a 2005 interview, suffers from a degenerative spinal condition. After leaving Money records she lived for a short time in Athens, Georgia.

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  • Jay_Butters

    James Blake has been playing her during his BBC Radio1 residency segments of late. I've since fallen in love with her music! What a voice.

    3 Apr 7:11pm Reply
  • Kexet1

    Such a soft delicate voice

    18 Aug 2012 Reply
  • hoppidik

    yehova şahidi mi ne sacmalık ayol

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • theapril-sea

    she's amazing, she touched my heart

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • historyniz

    I WUD LOVE A VEGAN BLUEBERRY MUFFIN RECIPE JUS LOVE HOW BETTY DELIVER DIS SONG

    28 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Baader-Meinh0F

    Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye

    6 Apr 2011 Reply
  • bedvelvet

    I Will Not Cry

    28 Mar 2011 Reply
  • HilLesha

    Love this singer!

    24 Dec 2010 Reply
  • girlexplosion

    what a voice!! i've been getting into old soul and motown a lot this past year, and her soulful renditions of soul classics caught me by surprise. her voice is smooth, wistful, soft yet strong. fantastic.

    20 Mar 2010 Reply
  • mathewjordan

    whoa, god blessed us with her.

    12 Feb 2010 Reply
  • EmmaKSpence

    SENSUAL PIANO, SOULFUL VOICE: www.last.fm/music/Emma+K+Spence Her seductively soulful voice delivers her gift for rendering a story into song, telling of the wavering temperament of love. Her sensual piano sounds turn the songs into a melodic and passionate richness that will effortlessly shift your senses www.last.fm/music/Emma+K+Spence/The+Piano+Sessions

    2 Apr 2009 Reply
  • _jo3y

    yea gurl

    30 Dec 2008 Reply
  • pachanka

    Bettye rox my sox

    25 Feb 2008 Reply
  • Tr1xx

    Kiss My Love Goodbye - a classic track

    29 Dec 2007 Reply
  • allisorrigby

    LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT... I absolutely adore this song but I can't find it on LimeWire and I'm too broke at the present time to buy her album. if someone could possibly send me it via AIM/E-Mail/LJ/anything, I would be forever grateful. I might even send you these to-die-for vegan blueberry muffins I'm baking this weekend. seriously... okay, PLEASE AND THANK YOU. <3

    16 Nov 2006 Reply
  • qadonis3

    so hot

    3 May 2006 Reply

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