Tag: Betty Wright

In Memoriam: Betty Wright (1953 – 2020)

Bessie Regina Norris (December 21, 1953 – May 10, 2020), better known by her stage name Betty Wright, was an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and background vocalist, who rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as “Clean Up Woman” and “Tonight Is the Night”. She was also prominent in regard to the use of whistle register.

Born in Miami, Florida as Bessie Regina Norris on December 21, 1953, Wright was the youngest of seven children of Rosa Akins Braddy-Wright and her second husband, McArthur Norris. Wright began her professional career at the age of two when her siblings formed the Echoes of Joy, a gospel group. Wright contributed to vocals on the group’s first album, released in 1956. Wright and her siblings performed together until 1965, when she was 11 years old.

Following the group’s break-up, Wright, who was already using the name Betty Wright, decided to switch musical styles from gospel to rhythm and blues, singing in local talent shows until being spotted by a local Miami record label owner, who signed her to her first label (Deep City Records) in 1966 at 12. She released the singles “Thank You Baby” and “Paralyzed”, which found Wright local fame in Miami.

In 1967, the teen was responsible for discovering other local talents such as George and Gwen McCrae, helping them sign with the Alston Records label TK Records, part of Henry Stone’s recording and distribution company. Her first album, My First Time Around, was released when she was age 14. Her first hit single was “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do”. In 1970, while still in high school, she released “Pure Love” at the age of 16.

Wright died on May 10, 2020, from cancer at her home in Miami. She was 66, and news of her death was first announced by her niece. Just two days earlier, fellow singer Chaka Khan had made a plea on Twitter saying “Calling all my #PrayWarriors. My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prayers.

Friday 11am ET: Feature Artist – Betty Wright

Bessie Regina Norris, better known by her stage name, Betty Wright (born December 21, 1953), is an American soul and R&B singer, songwriter and background vocalist, who rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as “Clean Up Woman” and “Tonight is the Night”. She is also prominent in regard to the use of whistle register.

Wednesday 2pm: Sounds of The 70’s

Today on Sounds of the 70’s, music from Warren Zevon, Allman Brothers Band, Betty Wright, Supremes, Jimmy Buffett, Abba, Jethro Tull, Jean Knight, Carol Douglas, Doobie Brothers, Elton John, Stampeders, Led Zeppelin and more . . .  

Classic Countdown with Ron Kovacs 9am ET @radiomax

Music_Of_The_Year_1978This week on the RadioMax Classic Countdown, we feature the Top 40 Hits from this week in 1978, specifically July 1, 1978.

1 SHADOW DANCING    Andy Gibb
2 BAKER STREET    Gerry Rafferty 
3 IT’S A HEARTACHE    Bonnie Tyler
4 YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT    John Travolta & Olivia Newton-John
5 TAKE A CHANCE ON ME    Abba
6 MISS YOU    Rolling Stones 
7 USE TA BE MY GIRL    O’Jays 
8 DANCE WITH ME    Peter Brown with Betty Wright 
9 TWO OUT OF THREE AIN’T BAD    Meat Loaf
10 YOU BELONG TO ME    Carly Simon 
11 STILL THE SAME    Bob Seger & Silver Bullet Band
12 THE GROOVE LINE    Heatwave
13 EVERY KINDA PEOPLE    Robert Palmer
14 LOVE IS LIKE OXYGEN    Sweet 
15 BLUER THAN BLUE    Michael Johnson 
16 TOO MUCH, TOO LITTLE, TOO LATE    Johnny Mathis & Deniece Williams
17 EVEN NOW    Barry Manilow
18 LAST DANCE    Donna Summer
19 I WAS ONLY JOKING    Rod Stewart 
20 FEELS SO GOOD    Chuck Mangione
21 YOU’RE THE LOVE    Seals & Crofts
22 I CAN’T STAND THE RAIN    Eruption
23 BECAUSE THE NIGHT    Patti Smith Group 
24 GREASE    Frankie Valli
25 FOLLOW YOU FOLLOW ME    Genesis
26 WONDERFUL TONIGHT    Eric Clapton
27 ONLY THE GOOD DIE YOUNG    Billy Joel 
28 RUNAWAY    Jefferson Starship
29 HEARTLESS    Heart 
30 ON BROADWAY    George Benson
31 COPACABANA (At The Copa)    Barry Manilow
32 MY ANGEL BABY    Toby Beau
33 LOVE WILL FIND A WAY    Pablo Cruise
34 THREE TIMES A LADY    Commodores 
35 FM (No Static At All)    Steely Dan
36 KING TUT    Steve Martin & Toot Uncommons 
37 BABY HOLD ON    Eddie Money
38 MAGNET AND STEEL    Walter Egan 
39 LIFE’S BEEN GOOD    Joe Walsh
40 I’M NOT GONNA LET IT BOTHER ME TONIGHT    Atlanta Rhythm Section