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Encyclopedia > Bettye LaVette

Bettye Lavette (born in Muskegon, Michigan, 1946) is an American soul singer who cut her first record at 16, but achieved only intermittent fame until her 2005 record, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her style infuses elements of country, rock, soul, funk, and gospel, which has prevented her from being easily marketed. Muskegon is a city located in Muskegon County, Michigan. ... State nickname: The Wolverine State, The Great Lakes State Official languages English de-facto Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) Senators Carl Levin (D) Debbie Stabenow (D) Area  - Total  - % water Ranked 11th 96,889 mi² / 250,941 km² 41. ... 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... 2005 (MMV) is a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Country music, also called country and western music or country-western, is an amalgam of popular musical forms developed in the Southern United States, with roots in traditional folk music, Celtic Music, Blues, Gospel music, and Old-time music. ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Gospel music may refer either to the religious music that first came out of African-American churches in the 1930s or, more loosely, to both black gospel music and to the religious music composed and sung by white southern Christian artists. ...

Life and career

Lavette grew up in Detroit, where she was discovered by Johnnie Mae Matthews, an influential producer in the local music scene. In 1962, aged 16, she recorded a single, "My Man - He's A Lovin' Man" with Matthews, which became a national hit after Atlantic Records bought distribution rights. This led to a tour with rhythm and blues musicians Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Barbara Lynn and then-newcomer Otis Redding, and then a stint touring with James Brown. Her next single was "Let Me Down Easy", which has become her theme song. She would cut numerous other singles for various labels, without an album contract. Motto: Speramus Meliora; Resurget Cineribus (We Hope For Better Things; It Shall Rise From the Ashes - this motto was adopted after the disastrous 1805 fire that devastated the city) Nickname: The Motor City and Motown Location in Wayne County, Michigan Founded Incorporated July 24, 1701 1815  County Wayne County Mayor... 1962 (MCMLXII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will take you to calendar). ... Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is a record label founded in 1947 by Ahmet Ertegun and Herb Abramson, principally as a R&B label. ... Rhythm and blues (or R&B) was coined as a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Jerry Wexler at Billboard magazine, used to designate upbeat popular music performed by African American artists that combined jazz and blues. ... Clyde McPhatter (November 15, 1932 _ June 13, 1972) was an influential American R&B singer, born in Durham, North Carolina. ... Ben E. King (born Benjamin Earl Nelson in September 28, 1938 in Henderson, North Carolina) is an American soul and pop singer. ... Otis Redding (September 9, 1941 – December 10, 1967) was an influential American deep soul singer, known for his passionate delivery and his posthumous hit single, (Sittin On) the Dock of the Bay, also one of his most respected tracks. ... James Brown, known variously as: Soul Brother Number One, the Godfather of Soul, Mr. ...

An album Child of the Seventies was produced in 1972, but it was shelved and was not released until 1999. Despite drawing enthusiastic live crowds across the country, Lavette continued to be rebuffed by labels. She spent six years on Broadway and touring with the musical Bubbling Brown Sugar opposite Cab Calloway. During the disco era, she managed a small hit with the ironically titled "Doin' The Best That I Can". Souvenirs is the second album by American singer/songwriter Dan Fogelberg, released in 1974 (see 1974 in music). ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year that started on a Saturday. ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... This article is about the street in New York City. ... Cab Calloway, photographed by Carl Van Vechten, 1933 Cab Calloway (December 25, 1907–November 18, 1994), born Cabell Calloway III Cab Calloway was a famous American jazz singer and bandleader. ...

In 1982 Motown finally offered her a contract to fill the void left by the departing Diana Ross, and Lavette recorded Tell Me A Lie, with the single "Right in the Middle of Falling in Love" which was a modest hit. Still her career languished, though she found steady work on the European festival circuit. 1982 (MCMLXXXII) is a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Diana Ross on the cover of her collection Diana Ross: The Ultimate Collection Diana Ross (born Diane Ernestine Earle Ross [1] on March 26, 1944 in Detroit, Michigan) is an African-American soul, R&B and pop singer and actress. ...

In 1999, Gilles Petard, a French soul collector, discovered the masters of Child of the Seventies, and stunned by the quality of the music, licensed the album from Atlantic and released it on his Art and Soul label as Souvenirs (2000) (see 2000 in music). This led to a Lavette revival which has so far included a live album and two brand new albums, most recently 2005's I've Got My Own Hell to Raise, whose title is taken from the lyrics of the Fiona Apple hit "Sleep to Dream", which is covered on the album. 1999 (MCMXCIX) is a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... A souvenir stall in London, England A souvenir (from the French for memory) is an object that is treasured for the memories associated with it. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... See also: 1999 in music, 2000 in music (UK), other events of 2000, 2001 in music, 2000s in music and the list of years in music // Events John Tavener is knighted in the New Years Honours List. ... Fiona Apple (born Fiona Apple Maggart on September 13, 1977 in New York City) is an American singer-songwriter. ...


  • Souvenirs - Art and Soul (2000)
  • Let Me Down Easy--In Concert - Munich (2001)
  • A Woman Like Me - Blues Express (2003)
  • I've Got My Own Hell to Raise (2005)

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