Bettye LaVette, singer
birth name: Betty Haskin

Bettye LaVette

January 26, 1946, Muskegon, MI

A perennial cult favorite in Northern soul circles. ~ Allmusic: Bettye LaVette ~ retrieved June 26, 2013 © Allmusic

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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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