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Remembering R&B singer Betty Everett

Betty Everett was born 70 years ago today and moved to Chicago from Greenwood, Miss., as a teenager to pursue a career in music. In 1963 she began recording for legendary Chicago record label Vee-Jay Records. Her first single didn't make much of a splash. But she got noticed with “You're No Good,” and “The Shoop Shoop Song” quickly followed. Betty finally had a No. 1 hit on the R&B charts, and the song went all the way to No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later Everett had a successful series of duets with Jerry “Iceman” Butler. After Vee-Jay folded, Betty recorded for a number of small labels and had some success on the Soul charts. She received the BMI Pop Award twice and got the Pioneer Award from the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, but she never quite reached the level of notoriety that many say she deserved. Betty Everett passed away in 2001. And we remember her on what would have been her 70th birthday today.

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