|Genres:||R&B / Soul|
|Tags:||soul northern soul female vocalists rhythm and blues|
|Decades:||1960s 1980s 1990s 2000s|
Betty Jean Champion, 24 October 1944, Shreveport, Louisiana, USA. This superior singer first recorded during the early 60s as a member of the Fawns. A Carolyn Franklin song, Dont Wait Too Long, provided Swann with a solo hit in 1965, but her career was more fully launched two years later with a US R&B chart-topper, the beautiful Make Me Yours. She then married her manager George Barton and settled in Los Angeles, California. Subsequent recordings established the singers reputation as an imaginative interpreter of country soul. Her cover versions of Merle Haggards Today I Started Loving You Again (1972) and Tammy Wynettes Til I Get It Right (1973) are superb. Swann continued this direction under the aegis of Millie Jacksons producer Brad Shapiro, but her last hit was in 1975 with All The Way In Or All The Way Out, which reached the lower regions of the Billboard R&B...