R&B singer Betty Wright, who was responsible for songs such as ‘No Pain (No Gain)’ and ‘Clean Up Woman’, has died aged 66.
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The singer’s niece confirmed her passing to TMZ folowing Chaka Khan‘s plea earlier in the week, when she tweeted: “Calling all my #PrayWarriors | My beloved sister, Betty Wright is now in need of all your prays.”
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
Probably best known for her 1972 song ‘Clean Up Woman’, which was sampled by Mary J. Blige on her hit single ‘Real Love’, Wright’s other big songs included the Grammy-winning ‘Where Is the Love?’ in 1974, and her Stevie Wonder-produced 1981 single ‘What Are You Going to Do With It’.
Growing up singing in her family’s gospel group the Echoes of Joy, Wright began her career as a backing singer on songs by other artists, including David Byrne, Peter Tosh, Gloria Estefan, Jimmy Cliff, Stephen Stills, Alice Cooper, and many others.
She released her debut album, ‘My First Time Around’, in 1968, and it featured her first Top 40 single, ‘Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do’.
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