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Betty Everett – Blues Highlights

Betty Everett – Blues Highlights

Betty Everett – Blues Highlights. She’s an American soul singer and pianist, best known for her biggest hit single, the million-selling “Shoop Shoop Song.” As well as “Let It Be Me” with Jerry Butler. Starting out by singing in church at the early age of nine, she later hones her craft and ventures into blues soul and pop as well. In 1957, she moves to Chicago to make a name for herself as a singer and a musician. Furthermore, she makes a name for herself amongst the local music scene eventually recording for local labels in the area.

Signing with Vee -Jay Records

Shortly after, she signs with Vee-Jay in the early ’60s, and releases “You’re No Good”. Unfortunately, the song fails to crack the top 50. Later it has more success when it covered by the U.K. acts Linda Lewis and Swinging Blue Jeans as well as Linda Ronstadt, who took it to #1 in 1975. Finally, she receives success in the spring of 1964 when she records “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss).” 

Lucky for her, it’s a top ten hit and her big break. Later even Cher makes it a hit 27 years later. Next, she teams up with singer Jerry Butler with a soul version of the Everly Brothers’ “Let It Be Me.” which reaches number five on the R&B charts. The duo also released an album called Delicious Together.

Everett’s finest song as a solo act was 1969’s “There’ll Come a Time,” which reached number two on the R&B charts and also cracked the pop Top 30 at number 26. Everett was now on Uni, where she remained until 1970. She continued recording for Fantasy until 1974 and made one other record for United Artists in 1978. A comeback performance for the 2000 PBS special Doo Wop 51 was her last public appearance. She passes in August 2001. 

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