domingo, 10 de mayo de 2020

Muere Betty Wright a los 76 años

Betty Wright, nacida Bessi Regina Norris1​ (Miami, Florida, 21 de diciembre de 1953 - 10 de mayo de 2020)​ fue una cantante estadounidense de soul y quiet storm. Considerada como uno de los máximos exponentes del panorama musical del soul en Miami durante la década de los años 1970 y principio de los años 1980. Nació el 21 de diciembre de 1953 en Miami (Florida). Comenzó su carrera como cantante en el grupo gospel formado por los miembros de su familia, The Echoes of Joy. Con tan sólo 13 años empezó a aparecer en grabaciones de otros artistas como corista y dos años más tarde lanzó su primer single en solitario "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do", el cual llegó al top40. En 1968 grabó su álbum de debut My first time around.​ Para volver a conseguir un nuevo hit tuvo que esperar hasta 1972 y el sencillo "Clean Up Woman", escrito por Clarence Reid y Willie Clark, que alcanzó el segundo puesto en las listas de R&B y el sexto en las de pop.​ Con esta canción obtuvo su primera nominación a los premios Grammy, en la categoría de mejor interpretación vocal de R&B femenina. En 1974 recibió un Grammy por el tema "Where Is the Love?", en la categoría de mejor canción R&B.​ El resto de la década editó varios álbumes de los que destacan "Danger High Voltage" (que contenía los sencillos "Shoorah! Shoorah!", "Where Is the Love?" y "Tonight Is the Night") y el editado en 1978 "Betty Wright Live". En 1981 colaboró junto a Stevie Wonder en el tema "What Are You Gonna Do With It?", que se convirtió en un notable éxito en su tiempo. Las décadas de los 80s y 90s continúo su trabajo como solista, a la vez de colaborar en televisión y sobre todo haciendo segundas voces a artistas como Erykah Badu, Regina Belle, David Byrne, Jimmy Cliff, Gloria Estefan, Inner Circle, Millie Jackson, Jennifer López, Johnny Mathis, etc. En 2001 y tras largo tiempo editó "Fit for a king". Su trabajo se basó en la producción musical y la colaboración en segundo plano con muchos artistas. Descubrió a una de las jóvenes estrellas del soul, Joss Stone. Falleció a los sesenta y seis años el 10 de mayo de 2020, las causas del deceso no fuero desveladas.


Bessie Regina Norris (December 21, 1953 – May 10, 2020) better known by her stage name Betty Wright,[3] 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. About a year later, Wright released her signature song, "Clean Up Woman", written by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke when she was 17. The record reached number two on the R&B charts, where it stayed for eight weeks. It crossed over to the pop charts, peaking at number six and staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks. It eventually sold over a million copies and was certified gold on December 30, 1971 nine days after the singer turned 18. Wright struggled with a successful follow-up until 1972 when the single "Baby Sitter" (one of Wright's first compositions) reached the top 50 of the Hot 100 and peaked at number six on the R&B charts. Another hit that emerged during this early period was 1973's "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker", which peaked at number 55 on the Hot 100 and number 10 on the R&B chart, it was also the first instance (after "Baby Sitter") where Wright showed off her powerful whistle register vocals. Another successful composition was the proto-disco number, "Where Is the Love" (co-written by Wright, with producers, Harry Wayne Casey and Richard Finch, from KC & The Sunshine Band). This peaked at number 15 on the R&B chart, number-two on the dance charts and crossed over to the UK, peaking at #25, leading Wright to perform overseas. Wright later won the Best R&B Song Grammy Award for composing "Where Is the Love". A second prominent overseas hit was another proto-disco number, "Shoorah! Shoorah!", issued on Alston and written by Allen Toussaint.[8] Both songs appeared on one of Wright's most popular albums, Danger! High Voltage!, released in late 1974. It would be on this album that Wright would have her most successful composition, with the smooth soul ballad, "Tonight Is the Night", which Wright attributed to her first sexual experiences. The original version peaked at number 28 on the R&B chart. Four years later, Wright released a "live" version of the song. The remodeled version, which included a now-famous monologue and portions of Wright's 1970 hit, "Pure Love", peaked at number 11 on the R&B chart in 1978. In 1977 Wright discovered musician Peter Brown and sang background on Brown's hits, "You Should Do It" and "Dance With Me" (where her vocals were prominently featured alongside Brown's) from the successful LP 'A Fantasy Love Affair (Do you wanna get funky with me?)'. In 1978, she performed a duet with shock rocker Alice Cooper on the song "No Tricks" and a year later, opened for Bob Marley on the reggae star's Survival Tour.

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