Bettye LaVette, singer
birth name: Betty Haskin

Bettye LaVette

January 26, 1946, Muskegon, MI

It was at Calla Records that Bettye cut the deep soul classic ‘Let Me Down Easy,’ considered by many as one of the most emotional performances ever recorded. ~ Soultracks: Bettye LaVette ~ retrieved June 1, 2013 © SoulTracks

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It was pure, magnificent soul: passion carried by an eloquent voice and exquisite timing,” wrote New York Times critic Jon Pareles, describing the beginning of a performance by vocalist Bettye LaVette. “And she was only getting started.” The tragic, cathartic, hyper-emotional performances of soul music veteran LaVette marked a remarkable music success story of the early and middle 2000s: after laboring in the trenches of soul and R&B for 40 years, LaVette suddenly stepped into the national and international spotlight. In a way, LaVette believed, her long years of obscurity had served her well. “I wouldn't have become this proficient at my craft had I had any success,” she mused to Sean Howe of Entertainment Weekly. "I feel like it's taken me 44 years to make this work.” ~ Musicianguide: Bettye LaVette ~ retrieved June 26, 2013 © Musicianguide

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