Betty Carter, singer

Betty Carter

May 16, 1930, Flint, MI ~ September 26, 1998, Brooklyn, NY

“Hearing her sing Baby, It's Cold Outside makes you want to curl up in front of the fire, even in summertime.” ~ Bill Clinton

She needed a break, and it came in the form of Ray Charles. Ray Charles, on a recommendation from Miles Davis, agreed to take Betty on tour with him in the late 1950s. Enchanted by her voice and looking for a partner to record a series of duets, he enlisted Ms. Carter in a project that became Ray Charles and Betty Carter. The album, recorded in 1961, became an instant critical and popular smash; the single Baby It's Cold Outside gave Betty her first introduction into the popular music scene. […] The sessions took on almost legendary status; after fifteen years in the business, fame had found Betty Carter. ~ All about Jazz: Betty Carter ~ retrieved September 17, 2013 © All About Jazz

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May 16, 1959 ~ Billboard Hot 100 ~ #3 (1) The Fleetwoods, Come Softly To Me ~ #2 (3) The Impalas, Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) ~ #1 (2) Dave 'Baby' Cortez, The Happy Organ


Betty Carter ~ Awarded a 1992 NEA (National Endowment for the Arts) Jazz Masters Fellowship.

Betty Carter ~ The Audience With Betty Carter (1980) ~ Ranked #78 Jazzwise 100 Jazz Albums That Shook The World in 2006 ~ Listening to this album is a cathartic experience. ~ 2006 © Jazzwise

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