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Album Review

Although it doesn't surpass Rhino's 2000 collection The Very Best of Betty Wright, Warner's 2002' compilation Essentials contains exactly what its title claims — namely, the essential moments from her recordings from the '70s, such as "Girls Can't Do What the Guys Do," "Clean Up Woman," and "Let Me Be Your Lovemaker." Serious listeners will want to seek out the Rhino set, but for those who just want the hits on a budget price, this is an excellent choice.

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The Essentials: Betty White

This relates to track 4, "Tonight Is the Night": I, as others, have been waiting for this song by Ms. Wright. However, beware the intro is almost 3 minutes long and the audience is too noisy; way too long to wait for the song to start. I want to hear the artist not the yelling and screaming. So for this, I rate it low. I wish this song was not live!

It's About Time

It took you long enough. ITunes was trippin for a while because they did not have Betty Wright. Betty Wright is bomb. "Tonight is the Night" is a classic.

tonight is the night

It takes me back to the good o'l days when music was really music. Betty is all about soul, soul is about feelings and the drive that we lost somewhere along the way. Thank You Betty!


Born: December 21, 1953 in Miami, FL

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Singer Betty Wright proved to be a consistently strong presence on the Miami music scene, primarily in the '70s and '80s, although she continued to record through the 2010s. Born on December 21, 1953, in Miami, Florida, Wright began her singing career early on as a member of her family's gospel group, the Echoes of Joy. By the age of 13, she had begun appearing on other artists' recordings as a backup singer and, shortly thereafter, began her solo career. In 1968, she scored a a Top 40 with "Girls...
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