Betty Wright Passed Away at 66 - 5 Facts about the R&B and Soul Legend

Music Icon Betty Wright recently passed on, and in honor of the R&B crooner, here are tidbits on her life and times.

Betty Wright was one of the music stars who rocked the entertainment scene in the 70s and 80s. She showed expertise in Soul and R&B, among other genres.

Betty Wright performs on stage In The Gardens Music Festival on March 18, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Betty Wright performs on stage In The Gardens Music Festival on March 18, 2017 | Photo: Getty Images

Tragedy befell Wright's family in 2005 after her son, Patrick Parker, was shot dead on Christmas Day.

In her decades of career, Wright copped several accolades, which include a Grammy award. Here are some details about the enigmatic singer!

SHE WAS A CHILD STAR 

According to BET, Wright began using her sonorous voice at the age of 2 when she performed gospel music with her family music group, "Echoes of Joy."

She ventured into R&B when she was 11, and eventually debuted her studio album when she was fifteen. Betty made hit songs like "Clean Up Woman" Tonight is the Night," and "Where's the Love," among many others.

Betty Wright is pictured on stage signing on January 01, 1960 | Photo: Getty Images

Betty Wright is pictured on stage signing on January 01, 1960 | Photo: Getty Images

SHE WAS DUBBED THE GODMOTHER OF DISCO.

In 1971, the late star released her hit track, "Clean Up Woman," and her listeners experienced a change in melody from funk to disco music.

 

WRIGHT'S GRAMMY WAS UNEXPECTED

Billboard shares that when the soul vocalist released "Clean Up Woman," it was a commercial success as it made it to the top 10 hit list on the Billboard Hot 100. 

At the 15th annual Grammy Awards, she was nominated for in the category of "Best R&B Vocal Performance. Although she had a higher chance of winning at the time, fellow star, Aretha Franklin took home the accolade.

Betty Wright attends the GRAMMY U Conference at Gibson Guitar Showroom on April 7, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Betty Wright attends the GRAMMY U Conference at Gibson Guitar Showroom on April 7, 2018 | Photo: Getty Images

Three years after, she was nominated for another Grammy Award for her song "Where's the Love?" Her chances of winning had seemed slim at the time, but she bagged the award!

BETTY FOUNDED HER OWN RECORD LABEL

In the 1980s, the songbird launched her record label, Mrs. B Records, and according to IMDB, she went on to make smashing hits like "No Pain, No Gain," and "Mother Wit," among others. 

With "Mother Wit," Betty became the first black woman to own a gold record on a self-owned label.

Betty Wright attends the Membership Celebration & Holiday Party on December 13, 2018 in Miami, Florida | Photo: Getty Images

Betty Wright attends the Membership Celebration & Holiday Party on December 13, 2018 in Miami, Florida | Photo: Getty Images

SHE LOST HER SON ON CHRISTMAS DAY

According to Heavy, tragedy befell Wright's family in 2005 after her son, Patrick Parker, was shot dead on Christmas Day. He was 21 years old at the time of his demise. 

His star mom was on a luxury trip to the West Indies and had halted her vacation after learning the sad news. Betty Wright passed on at the age of 66 on Mother's Day, May 10, 2020.

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