Betty Everett Biography

23 November 1939, Greenwood, Mississippi, USA, d. 19 August 2001, Beloit, Wisconsin, USA. Having moved to Chicago in the late 50s, R&B/soul singer Everett recorded unsuccessfully for several local labels, including Cobra, C.J. and One-derful, and briefly sang lead with the all-male group the Daylighters. Her hits came soon after signing to Vee Jay Records where ‘You’re No Good’ (1963) and ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)’ (1964) established her pop/soul style. A duet with Jerry Butler, ‘Let It Be Me’ (1964), consolidated this position, but her finest moment came with ‘Getting Mighty Crowded’, a punchy Van McCoy song. Her influence spread to the beat groups in the UK and groups such as the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Spencer Davis Group and the Hollies all covered songs she recorded. Her career faltered on Vee Jay’s collapse in 1966, and an ensuing interlude at ABC Records was unproductive, despite producing classic tracks such as ‘Love Comes Tumbling Down’. However, in 1969, ‘There’ll Come A Time’ reached number 2 in the R&B charts, a momentum that continued into the early 70s with further releases on Uni and Fantasy Records. Everett’s last chart entry was in 1978 with ‘True Love (You Took My Heart)’, on the United Artists Records label. Cher took her version of ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)’ to the top of the UK chart in 1991.

Source: The Encyclopedia of Popular Music by Colin Larkin. Licensed from Muze.

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