Legendary Soul singer Betty Wright has died from cancer at age 66 in Miami.
The Grammy-winning singer was known for classics like “Tonight is that the Night,” “No Pain, (No Gain)” and “Clean Up Woman.”
Her death was confirmed by Steve Greenberg of S-Curve Records, who said Ms. Wright had been diagnosed with cancer within the fall and underwent chemotherapy.
“She was a fantastic writer, producer, and mentor to young artists,” Mr. Greenberg said. “It’s a fantastic loss.”
Wright’s niece also confirmed her aunt’s passing this morning on Twitter.
“I just lost my aunt this morning…. and now my mood has changed…. sleep in peace aunty Betty Wright fly high angel,” she wrote.
Born Bessie Regina Norris, Wright adopted her pseudonym when she was just a child . together with her siblings, she began singing during a gospel group, called the Echoes of Joy, at just two years old. They released an album in 1956, when she was three.
Wright switched from gospel to R&B at 11 years old and commenced singing at local talent shows in Miami. She signed to Deep City Records when she was 12. Her first album, “My First Time Around,” released when she was 14 and included the highest 40 hit “Girls Can’t Do What the blokes Do.”
Wright’s breakthrough came together with her single “Clean Up Woman” from her second album, “I Love the Way you’re keen on ,” released in 1971. The song reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, sold quite 1,000,000 copies and came in because the No. 49 song of 1972, consistent with Billboard.