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This 22-song collection by Northern soul fave Bettye Swann shows Capitol Record’s valiant attempts to expand her fanbase after her moderate 1967 hit “Make Me Yours” on Money Records. Running the gamut of country, pop, soul, and R&B, these songs (recorded between 1968 and 1970) resonate swimmingly under the guidance of Capital staffer Wayne Shuler, son of famed producer Eddie Shuler. There's a tender reading of Marlin Greene and Eddie Hinton’s “Cover Me,” the attitudinal strut of Tony Joe White’s “Willie & Laura Mea Jones,” and a pretty R&B overhaul of Hank Cochran’s “Don’t Touch Me.” Add on winning left-fielders—like a smoky version of Smokey Robinson’s “Ain’t That Peculiar” and a soul-country spin on The Bee Gees’ “Words”—and here’s a collection of tunes by a singer with an eyebrow-raising ability to transcend genres. Her voice swings effortlessly between breathy sexiness and barrel-chested joy, and her girlish innocence and warmth augment the well-considered guitar and horn-rich arrangements.

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Bettye Swann

This is a great soulful and haunting voice of sensitive tenderness that if it wasn't for the joy and brilliance of the accompanying music can make you cry. I am amzed by her deep soulful tender voice and aplomb in singing various genres.

Biography

Born: October 24, 1944 in Shreveport, LA

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '60s, '70s

Best known for her 1967 R&B chart-topper "Make Me Yours," Southern soul chanteuse Bettye Swann was born Betty Jean Champion in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 24, 1944. She first surfaced during the early 1960s as a member of the Fawns before mounting a solo career in 1964 with the Carolyn Franklin-penned "Don't Wait Too Long," the first of a series of Arthur Wright-produced singles for the independent Los Angeles label Money. "The Man That Said No" and "The Heartache Is Gone" followed in 1965,...
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  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, Vocal
  • Released: May 02, 2004

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