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Betty Everett Biography: Education, Career, Songs, Awards, and Death

Betty Everett Biography

 

Betty Everett, a pianist and R&B singer, was born on November 23, 1939, in Greenwood, Mississippi. Her education at the Rosenwald Day School in Leflore County, Mississippi, began in 1945. Everett began playing the piano and singing gospel music in church at the age of nine. She used to perform with Muddy Waters when she was a teenager.

Everett moved to Chicago, Illinois, when he was 17, to live with a sister and pursue a career in secular music. She worked as a church pianist in Chicago and recorded for small local Chicago soul labels.

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However, Everett signed with Vee-Jay Records in 1963 and had many hits, including the single “You’re No Good,” which peaked at No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 12 weeks. A year later, in 1964, she released “The Shoop, Shoop Song,” which reached the Top 10 on Billboard. It peaked at number one and remained on the charts for 16 weeks. This was followed by the successful duet “Let It Be Me” with Jerry Butler, the legendary R&B vocalist. The song also reached the Top 10. It peaked at number one and remained there for 17 weeks. “Getting Mighty Crowded” was also released in 1964, peaking at no.28 and remaining steady for 8 weeks, along with another duet with Butler, “Smile,” which reached no.16.

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Everett’s hit single “There’ll Come A Time” was released in 1969. It became a hit, peaking at number two on the R&B chart and remaining there for 13 weeks. “It’s Been a Long Time” reached number 17 on the R&B chart and remained there for seven weeks.

Everett also had a string of hits in the 1970s. In 1970, she released “Unlucky Girl,” which peaked at no. 46 R&B and no. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100, and “I Got to Tell Somebody,” which peaked at no. 22 R&B and no. 96 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1974, Everett released “Sweet Dan,” which reached number 38 on the R&B chart and stayed there for 14 weeks. And one of her final hits was “True Love (You Took My Heart),” which peaked at number 78 on the R&B chart in 1978.

Everett was honored with a Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation in 1996 at the Hollywood Palladium in Hollywood, California. Everett was featured on the PBS special Doo Wop at 51 in 2000, which paid tribute to 1950s and 1960s a cappella ensembles.

Betty Everett died in Beloit, Wisconsin, on August 19, 2001. She was 61 years old.

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