Iconic soul and R&B singer Betty Wright has died in her Miami, FL home at the age of 66 after a battle with cancer, according to Billboard.
Wright is best known for songs like “Tonight Is the Night”, “No Pain (No Gain)”, “After The Pain”, and “Clean Up Woman”, with the latter seeing a release when she was just 18.
Born in Miami in 1953 as Bessie Regina Norris, Wright began her professional musical career at an extremely early age. At just two years old, Wright joined her six siblings in the gospel group The Echoes of Joy and recorded the band’s first album in 1956. By the age of 15, she would garner her first top 40 song with “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do”, off her debut album, My First Time Around.
Just 3 years later, Wright scored her first top 10 hit with the I Love The Way You Love single, “Clean Up Woman”. By far her most popular song, countless musicians would sample the track over the years, including Sublime, Mary J. Blige, Afrika Bambaataa, and Chance The Rapper. Before the decade would end, Wright notched her first Grammy Award for “Best R&B Song” in 1975 with “Where is the Love”. The 80s treated her well, as she founded Ms. B Records and self-released Mother Wit 1988, making her the first woman to make a gold record on her own label.
Just last week, Chaka Khan tweeted about Wright, calling on her fans to provider prayers and good thoughts for the singer who had been diagnosed with cancer in the fall of 2019.
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 pic.twitter.com/krQcfWFl5r
— 🎼 𝕮𝖍𝖆𝖐𝖆 𝕶𝖍𝖆𝖓 💜 (@ChakaKhan) May 2, 2020