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Published on Jun 5, 2011
Bettye LaVette (born Betty Haskins on January 29, 1946) is an American soul singer-songwriter who made her first record at sixteen, but achieved only intermittent fame until 2005, with her album, I've Got My Own Hell to Raise. Her eclectic musical style combines elements of soul, blues, rock and roll, funk, gospel, and country music.
LIFE AND CAREER
LaVette was born in Muskegon, Michigan, and raised in Detroit. Unlike many of her contemporaries, she did not begin singing in the church, but in her parents' living room, singing R&B and country and western music. She was signed by Johnnie Mae Matthews, a local record producer. In 1962, aged sixteen, she recorded a single, "My Man - He's a Lovin' Man", with Matthews, which became a Top Ten R&B 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. She next hit the charts with "Let Me Down Easy" on Calla in 1965. It is considered by many to be one of the greatest soul recordings of all time. This led to a brief stint with The James Brown Revue. After recording several 45 rpm singles for local Detroit labels, in 1969 Bettye signed to the Silver Fox label. She cut a handful of tracks, including two Top 40 R&B hits: "He Made A Woman Out Of Me" and "Do Your Duty". The Memphis studio musicians on these recordings have since become known as The Dixie Flyers. In 1972, she signed once again with Atlantic/Atco. She was sent to Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Alabama to record what was to be her first full length album. Titled Child of the Seventies, it was produced by Brad Shapiro and featured the Muscle Shoals Rhythm Section, now known as The Swampers. A publicity tour was booked, but at the last minute Bettye was called and told that they had cancelled the project, and asked for a return of the airplane tickets. She was never given an explanation and the devastation stayed with her for years to come. One single from the sessions. "Your Turn To Cry", was released, however, and ranks high on the lists of many deep soul collectors. In 2010, LaVette released Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook, which included unique arrangements and performances of classic songs by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, Animals, Pink Floyd, and more. Included is the complete, un-edited version of her Kennedy Center Honors performance of the The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me." The CD was critically acclaimed and nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary Blues Album. She has appeared on National Public Radio's Mountain Stage, World Cafe, All Things Considered and Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!. She has appeared in a Mississippi Public Broadcasting series, Blues Divas, and is in a film of the same name, both produced by award winning film maker, Robert Mugge. She has also appeared on Late Night with David Letterman, The Conan O'Brien Show, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Austin City Limits, "The Today Show, "Good Morning America", and "The Artist's Den". LaVette is married to Kevin Kiley, a recorded music and antiques dealer who is also a singer and musician. They live in West Orange, New Jersey. LaVette also joined the 9th and 10th annual Independent Music Awards judging panel to assist independent musicians' careers.
Bettye LaVette (Betty Haskins, Muskegon, Míchigan, 1946) es una de las grandes cantantes de soul. Lanzó su primer single, My man, a la temprana edad de 16 años de la mano de la discográfica Atlantic Records. Tuvo un éxito intermitente durante todos estos años hasta la publicación de su trabajo I've got my own hell to rise en 2005, con el cual tuvo un gran reconocimiento internacional. Su estilo se mueve entre el Soul, Country, Rock, Funk y Gospel, lo cual ha hecho que sea una artista difícil de clasificar.
Bettye LaVette (* 29. Januar 1946 in Muskegon, Michigan als Betty Haskin) ist eine US-amerikanische Soul-Sängerin.
LaVette wuchs in Detroit auf, wo sie von der Musikproduzentin Johnnie Mae Matthews entdeckt wurde. Im Alter von 16 Jahren nahm sie 1962 mit Matthews My Man -- He's A Lovin' Man auf, das ein US-weiter Hit wurde. Sie wurde mit Clyde McPhatter, Ben E. King, Barbara Lynn und Otis Redding auf Tournee geschickt, danach mit James Brown. Nach weiteren Singles nahm LaVette 1972 ihr erstes Album Child of the Seventies auf, das jedoch nicht veröffentlicht wurde. Trotz großer Bühnenerfolge blieb ihr der Plattenerfolg versagt. Sie trat mehrere Jahre am Broadway auf und ging mit Cab Calloway auf Musical-Tournee. Im Jahr 2000 erfuhr die Karriere von Bettye LaVette eine unerwartete Wiederbelebung, als der französische Soulsammler Gilles Petard die Originalaufnahmen von Child of the Seventies unter dem Titel Souvenirs auf den Markt brachte. LaVette bekam einen neuen Plattenvertrag, und es erschienen erfolgreiche neue Alben.