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Betty Wright

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Singer Betty Wright proved to be a consistently strong presence on the Miami music scene, primarily in the '70s and '80s, although she continued to record through the 2010s. Born on December 21, 1953, in Miami, Florida, Wright began her singing career early on as a member of her family's gospel group, the Echoes of Joy. By the age of 13, she had begun appearing on other artists' recordings as a backup singer and, shortly thereafter, began her solo career. In 1968, she scored a a Top 40 with "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do" and released her debut album, My First Time Around. It would be several years, however, before Wright would enjoy her next substantial hit; "Clean Up Woman," notable for its prominent guitar riff and Wright's swaggering lead vocal, peaked at number two on the R&B and number six on the pop charts in 1972. Two years later, Wright received a Grammy Award for the song "Where Is the Love?" (not to be confused with the renowned Roberta Flack/Donny Hathaway tune of the same name). Wright steadily issued albums throughout the decade, including such standout titles as 1975's Danger High Voltage (which spawned three R&B hits) and 1978's Betty Wright Live. A 1981 collaboration with Stevie Wonder, "What Are You Gonna Do With It?," proved to be Wright's last significant solo hit. She continued issuing albums, in addition to trying her hand as a television talk show hostess and contributing songwriting, backing vocals, vocal production, and engineering work to albums by dozens of high-profile artists, including Erykah Badu, Regina Belle, David Byrne, Jennifer Lopez, Joss Stone, Angie Stone, and Lil Wayne. She also worked on Diddy's Press Play and appeared as a vocal coach on the Bad Boy label head's Making the Band series. In 2011, she collaborated with the Roots on Betty Wright: The Movie, her first solo album in a decade. ~ Greg Prato & Christine Ohlman
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Albums by
Betty Wright

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    15 songs

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    Living Love Lies

    14 songs

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    Betty Wright: The Movie

    11 songs

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    I Love the Way You Love

    12 songs

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    My First Time Around

    16 songs

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    Fit for a King

    9 songs

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    Wright Back at You

    9 songs

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    4U2Njoy

    9 songs

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    Mother Wit

    9 songs

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    Sevens

    1 song

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    Tired - Single

    12 songs

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    The Essentials: Betty Wright

    1 song

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    Go!

    30 songs

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    Tonight Is the Night

    20 songs

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    The Platinum Collection

    10 songs

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    Clean Up Woman

    9 songs

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    This Time for Real

    14 songs

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    Danger High Voltage

    14 songs

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    Explosion

    10 songs

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    Hard to Stop

    13 songs

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    Passion & Compassion

    10 songs

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    Explosion

    9 songs

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    Betty Wright

    9 songs

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    Betty Travelin' in the Wright Circle

    9 songs

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    Danger High Voltage

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Top Songs by
Betty Wright

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  2.   Clean Up Woman
  3.   Tonight Is the Night
  4.   Surrender
  5.   Let Me Be Your Lovemaker
  6.   Real Woman
  7.   Whisper in the Wind
  8.   Where Is the Love
  9.   After the Pain
  10.   No Pain, (No Gain)
  11.   Tonight Is the Nights, Pts. 1-2
  12.   Pain
  13.   Free Your Mind
  14.   Lovin' Is Really My Game
  15.   If You Think You've Got Soul
  16.   From Pain to Joy
  17.   Value Your Love
  18.   Clean up Woman Medley: Clean up Woman/Pillow Talk/You Got the Love/Mr.
  19.   Cinderella
  20.   Sugar Sugar
  21.   Thank You for the Many Things You've Done
  22.   You're Just What I Need
  23.   Is It Your Girl
  24.   If I Ever Do Wrong
  25.   Good Lovin'
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Stations & Shows Featuring
Betty Wright

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    Classic Soul

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    Smooth Jams

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    Hotel Poolside

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    Chicano Old School

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    '70s Hits

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    Disco Deep Dive

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    '70s Deep Dive


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