Betty Wright, a soul legend, dies at 66: Quarantine due to the coronavirus pandemic has been a difficult time for the artistic world, as several luminaries have died, either from the virus or other causes. To the list of deaths during this confinement, which includes the ska promoter, Millie Small, to folk legend John Prine, and rock and roll pioneer Little Richard, now the loss of the star Betty Wright is added.
The American singer, recognized for being one of the greatest exponents of soul, died at the age of 66, her niece reported to the TMZ portal., although he did not explain the causes of death.
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However, on May 2, the also singer Chaka Khan asked for prayers for her ‘sister’ through her social networks.
Wright’s first contact with music was through his family group The Echoes of Joy. Years later his first single ” Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do” would appear, and in 1968 he finally recorded his first album My First Time Around.
Calling all my #PrayWarriors | My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prays.
“Que Sera, Sera | Whatever Will Be, Will Be”
In Jesus Name We Pray for Sister Betty
All My Love Chaka pic.twitter.com/krQcfWFl5r
— 🎼 𝕮𝖍𝖆𝖐𝖆 𝕶𝖍𝖆𝖓 💜 (@ChakaKhan) May 2, 2020
His most recognized success made him known at 18; “Clean Up Woman”, from 1971, catapulted her to later arrive “Tonight Is the Night”, “Shoorah! Shoorah!”, “Let Me Be Your Lovermaker” and “Where Is the Love?”, With which she managed to achieve a Grammy award in 1975.
With nearly 18 albums, she was also a chorus girl for some artists such as David Byrne, Jennifer López, and Gloria Estefan, as well as inspiration for others such as Mary J. Blige and Joss Stone.
In the 1980s, Betty launched her own independent label, being the first woman to do so, with singles such as “No Pain (No Gain)” and “Mother Wit”.