The legendary soul and R&B performer known for hits like No Pain (No Gain), Clean Up Woman
and Tonight is the Night, has died, according to her family. 2020 has been a dreadful year for deaths due to covid-19 and otherwise. She was responsible for big hits such as “No Pain No Gain” and “Tonight Is The Night”.
She was a Grammy awarding winning artist and considered an icon of rhythm and blues and soul music.
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Wright grew up singing in her family’s gospel group the Echoes of Joy. During her teenage years, she began a career as a background singer on other artists’ recordings, and she released her first singles as a solo artist in 1967. Her debut album My First Time Around was released by ATCO in 1968, and it featured her first top 40 hit single, “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.”
“Clean Up Woman” is arguably her best known song. Released in 1972, it was widely sampled, most prominently by Mary J. Blige on “Real Love.” Her Grammy-winning song “Where Is the Love?” arrived in 1974, and her Stevie Wonder-produced single “What Are You Going to Do With It” came out in 1981. She recorded albums and singles steadily through the 1980s and into the 1990s.
RIP Betty Wright ❤🎶 https://t.co/52cZhPV38c
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