R&B singer Betty Wright who was responsible for songs such as ‘Where Is the Love?’, ‘Tonight is the night’ and ‘Clean Up Woman’, has died aged 66.
The passing was confirmed on her official Instagram page by her family
She released her debut album, ‘My First Time Around’, in 1968, and it featured her first Top 40 single, ‘Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do’. Her last album was 2011’s ‘Betty Wright: The Movie’, which was collaboration with the ROOTS.
Her death came a week after Chaka Khan call for prayers
“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 active until her passing and has featured on tracks ith the likes of Diddy, Nas, Rick Ross, and The Game.
In 2008, she appeared on Lil Wayne’s record-breaking ‘Tha Carter III’ album. She sang the chorus of ‘Playing With Fire’, which is a reworking of Ruth Copeland’s ‘Play With Fire’, which itself is a cover of the Rolling Stones song of the same name.
Wright collaborated with DJ Khaled, Kendrick Lamar, and Big Sean on the song ‘Holy Key’ in 2016. She also featured on Erykah Badu’s 2000 album ‘Mama’s Gun’.
Celebrities have been paying tributes on social media to the icon.
Dawn Richards wrote “Betty Wright or Ms. B to us was the funniest, realest, kindest spirit. She was one of our vocal trainers during the beginnings of DK. I loved that she was unafraid to add grit to any lyric. she helped us emote and find our voices as women in the industry. Thank you Ms. B. RIP.”
Kojo Ebro “No watch Betty Wright’s upper register and whistle notes. Mariah Carey knows who the truth is in those notes too.”
Joseline Hernandez “#bettywright thank you for treating me like your own! Showing me and teaching me! You are truly a Diva and Icon to us! Bonnie’Bella loves your daughters and I love you! I’m glad we got to spend your Route 66 celebration together! She carried too many people!! I know she’s resting”
Eric West “Wow! Didn’t expect to wake up to news that the legendary soul singer Betty Wright passed away. 2020 has been such a year to remember. I was just watching her #Unsung special a few weeks ago! Rest In Power!