Betty Wright  

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"In 1967, Betty Wright 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."--Sholem Stein

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Bessie Regina Norris (December 21, 1953 – May 10, 2020), better known by her stage name Betty Wright was an American singer songwriter active in soul and R&B. She rose to fame in the 1970s with hits such as "Clean Up Woman" (1971) , "Shoorah! Shoorah!" (1974) and "Tonight Is the Night" (1974).

Born in Miami, she was married to King Sporty and was part of the Henry Stone, TK Records and Peter Brown circle. She was the vocalist for the latter's "Dance with Me" (1978) single.

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Discography

Albums

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  • My First Time Around (1968) Atco SD-33-260
  • I Love The Way You Love (1972)
  • Hard To Stop (1973)
  • Danger High Voltage (1974)
  • Explosion! (1976)
  • This Time For Real (1977)
  • Live (1978) (#63 Can.)
  • Travelin' In The Wright Circle (1979)
  • Betty Wright (1981)
  • Wright Back At You (1983)
  • Sevens (1986)
  • Mother Wit (1988)
  • 4u2njoy (1989)
  • Passion & ComPassion (1990)
  • All The Way Live (1992)
  • B-Attitudes (1994)
  • The Very Best Of Betty Wright (2000) Rhino Records: 8122-79861-2
  • Fit for A King (2001)
  • Betty Wright: The Movie - with the Roots (2011) (US:#197); (US R&B:#27)
  • Living...Love...Lies (2014)

Singles

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As lead artist

  • 1966: "Thank You Baby"
  • 1966: "Paralyzed"
  • 1968: "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do" (#33 U.S., #15 R&B, #46 Can.)
  • 1970: "Pure Love" (#40 R&B)
  • 1971: "Clean Up Woman" (#6 U.S., #2 R&B, gold US, #39 Can.)
  • 1972: "Baby Sitter" (#46 U.S., #6 R&B)
  • 1972: "Is It You, Girl?" (#18 R&B)
  • 1972: "I'm Gettin' Tired Baby" (#42 R&B)
  • 1973: "It's Hard to Stop (Doing Something When It's Good to You)" (#72 U.S., #11 R&B)
  • 1973: "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker" (#55 U.S., #10 R&B)
  • 1973: "It's Bad for Me to See You" (#66 R&B)
  • 1974: "Secretary" (#62 U.S., #12 R&B)
  • 1974: "Shoorah! Shoorah!" (#28 R&B, #27 UK) 81 Can.)
  • 1975: "Tonight Is the Night" (#28 R&B)
  • 1976: "Slip and Do It" (#21 R&B)
  • 1976: "If I Ever Do Wrong" (#23 R&B)
  • 1977: "Life" (#64 R&B)
  • 1977: "You Can't See for Lookin'" (#73 R&B)
  • 1978: "Dance with Me" (with Peter Brown) (#4 Disco, #5 R&B, #8 pop)
  • 1978: "Tonight Is the Night, Pts. 1 & 2 (live)" (#11 R&B)
  • 1979: "Lovin' is Really My Game" (#68 R&B)
  • 1979: "My Love Is" (#48 R&B)
  • 1981: "What Are You Gonna Do With It?" (#42 R&B, #61 Dance)
  • 1981: "Goodbye You Hello Him" (#65 R&B)
  • 1983: "She's Older Now" (#22 R&B)
  • 1986: "Pain" (#42 UK)
  • 1988: "No Pain, No Gain" (#14 R&B)
  • 1988: "After the Pain" (#57 R&B)
  • 1989: "From Pain to Joy" (#39 R&B)
  • 1989: "Quiet Storm" (#88 R&B)
  • 1989: "Keep Love New" (#71 R&B; #71 UK)
  • 1990: "How 'Bout Us" (with Grayson Hugh) (#30 R&B, #67 pop, #15 adult contemporary)
  • 1994: "For Love Alone" (#98 R&B)
  • 2007: "Baby" (with Angie Stone) (#22 R&B, #3 Dance)
  • 2011: "Grapes on the vine" (with Lil Wayne and the Roots)
  • 2013: "Mama" (with Ace Hood)
  • 2014: "Save Us" with Ace Hood

As featured artist

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
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R&B
"Holy Key"
(DJ Khaled featuring Kendrick Lamar, Big Sean and Betty Wright)
2016 84
29 Major Key

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