Betty Wright, “Clean Up Woman” And “Tonight Is The Night,” Dies At 66 – The soul and R&B icon Betty Wright has died at the age of 66, her family have confirmed.
Betty Wright, “Clean Up Woman” And “Tonight Is The Night,” Dies At 66 | Betty Wright Cause Of Death:
Betty Wright, who is known for R&B classics such as “Tonight Is the Night”, “No Pain, (No Gain)” and her ubiquitous 1972 single “Clean Up Woman,” died on the morning of May 10, in Miami. She was 66.
Betty Wright cause of death has not been revealed when her niece confirmed the passing.
Paying tribute to her aunt, Betty’s niece tweeted: “I just lost my aunt this morning…. and now my mood has changed…. sleep in peace aunty Betty Wright fly high angel. My auntie was a legend…. she helped me get my first paychecks singing background….. and I didn’t make it to see you this past week and that’s going to haunt me …. R.I.P. Betty Wright [sic].”
Wright’s death comes a week after singer Chaka Khan made a plea on tweeter, “Calling all my #PrayWarriors | My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prays. “Que Sera, Sera | Whatever Will Be, Will Be.” In Jesus Name We Pray for Sister Betty. All My Love Chaka.”
Betty Wright was born Bessie Regina Norris in Miami, Florida, on December 21, 1953, she was the youngest of seven children of Rosa Akins Braddy-Wright and her second husband, McArthur Norris.
At 14, she released her first solo album My First Time Around and had her first hit song “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.”
Soul Singer Betty Wright Died | “Clean Up Woman” Singer Betty Wright:
Betty Wright rose to prominence in 1971 with her signature song “Clean Up Woman” when she was just 18-years-old.
Betty Wright’s “Clean Up Woman” reached number two on the R&B charts, where it stayed for eight weeks. It crossed over to the pop charts, peaking at number six and staying on the Billboard Hot 100 for 14 weeks.
Other hits included, “Shoorah, Shoorah,” “Tonight Is the Night” and “Where Is the Love,” which won Betty Wright a Grammy Award for Best R&B Song in 1974.
Betty Wright performed with Joss on her song, “The Art of Love and War.”
Betty Wright 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 March 2020, DJ Khaled and Lil Wayne looked back on the importance of the song, “Tonight Is the Tonight,” for an episode of the TV ONE show, Unsung.
Betty Wright’s 21-year-old son, Patrick Parker, was shot and killed to death at a holiday party in the Opa-Laka community in South Florida, on Christmas Day 2005.
Wright had four other children — Aisha, Patrice, Chaka, and Asher.
Betty Wright lived in her hometown of Miami, Florida, until her passing.
My auntie was a legend…. she helped me get my first paychecks singing background….. and I didn’t make it to see you this past week and that’s going to haunt me …. R.I.P. Betty Wright pic.twitter.com/62fCg5crYh
— #BELLA (@iBellaNIEMA) May 10, 2020