Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Kelly Rowland and extra shared heartfelt dedications after studying of the loss of life of Betty Wright. The music icon, recognized for classics like “Clear Up Girl,” “Tonight Is The Night time” and “No Ache, No Acquire,” handed away from most cancers on Sunday (Could 10). She was 66.
Previous to Wright’s loss of life, Khan took to Twitter urging followers to hope for her longtime buddy. Her passing bookended a tragic weekend that noticed the deaths of fellow music giants, Andre Harrell and Little Richard.
The youngest of seven kids, Wright was born in Miami on December 21, 1953. As a toddler, Wright started singing with Echoes of Pleasure, a gospel group based by her older siblings. The group launched their debut album in 1956, and Wright continued performing along with her siblings till she was 11.
After the group break up, Wright crossed over from gospel to R&B and commenced acting at native expertise exhibits. Wright signed her first report label deal at 12 years outdated and launched the singles, “Thank You Child” and Paralyzed.” Wright’s debut, My First Time Round, was launched when she was 14 years outdated. The album produced the singles “Ladies Can’t Do What the Guys Do,” and “Pure Love.”
At age 17, Wright unveiled what turned her signature single, “Clear Up Girl.” The only offered over 1 million copies. By 1972, Wright landed within the Billboard Scorching 100’s High 50 with the only “Child Sitter.” Her disco single, “The place is the Love,” peaked within the High 20 on the R&B charts and gained a Grammy for Greatest R&B Music. In 1974, Wright launched the album, Hazard! Excessive Voltage!, which featured the sultry single “Tonight is the Night time.” A number of years later, Wright recorded a reside model of the tune that peaked at No. 11 on the R&B charts. Within the late ’80s, Wright turned the primary Black feminine recording artist to launch a gold album on her personal report label. She went on to debut the only, “No Ache, No Acquire,” which marked her first High 20 R&B hit in a decade.
Through the ’90s, Wright scored one other hit with “How About Us,” and contributed to Gloria Estefan’s No. 1 single “Coming Out of the Darkish.” She was additionally nominated for a Grammy for producing Josh Stone’s Thoughts Physique & Soul album, and collaborated with Lil Wayne on a 2008 monitor that was later shelved. Wright’s additionally produced greater than a dozen albums in her profession together with 2014’s Dwelling Loves Lies.
Learn dedications to Wright beneath.
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Brothers & Sisters, we mourn the lack of a fantastic soul this morning in my sister and buddy #BettyWright God Bless her in heaven. I’ll miss her so, as I do know you all will as nicely… #RIH
#BettyWright was one of many highest to ever do that factor referred to as music! A phenomenal spirit who will really be missed! Sending my love and prayers to all of her household, pals and followers! ♥️ pic.twitter.com/fdy0qnixqj
— Patti LaBelle (@MsPattiPatti) Could 11, 2020
Thanks for being a grasp trainer, a buddy and one of many best feminine soul singers in our trade. You have been a lot greater than your music. We have been blessed to be round royalty. Thanks. I’ll always remember. #BettyWright ! pic.twitter.com/CHQL1S5FRy
— ledisi (@ledisi) Could 10, 2020
I liked being round Ms Betty Wright. She was at all times so loving and giving to youthful artists. All the time engaged, at all times related. She can be missed https://t.co/JGefXj5jgx
— John Legend (@johnlegend) Could 10, 2020
R.I.P. BETTY WRIGHT…
In Texas, You are A Staple In The Black Household Family…
All Of Your Hits Are Memorized…One Of The Definitions Of A CLASSIC!!!
SALUTE TO The “CLEAN UP WOMAN” pic.twitter.com/IyVDTuANqw
— DJ Premier (@REALDJPREMIER) Could 10, 2020
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Relaxation In Peace to the lady who gave us Final soul, and meant EVERY WORD When she sang, @therealbettywright !! My condolences to her household! I’m praying For you all throughout this time!