A luminary R&B singer Betty Wright, who is popularly known for hit songs like ‘Clean Up Woman’ and ‘Tonight Is The Night’, has breath her last at the age of 66. Steve Greenberg, president of S-Curve Records, confirmed the singer’s death on Sunday, saying it came after a battle with cancer. Greenberg, who collaborated on several recordings with Wright, called her one of the most significant women in the history of R&B music.
Betty Wright proved herself to be a consummate collaborator. Working with a roster of artists long and varied, the singer ended up teaming up with the likes of legendary artists like Marvin Gaye, Bob Marley, Lil Wayne and The Roots. In recent decades, the singer also mentored younger artists, including Jennifer Lopez and Joss Stone.
Betty Wright is best known for her 1971 hit song ‘Clean Up Woman’ a funky and soulful complaint about a woman who cleans up the men of women who neglect them. The song’s rise to number six on the Billboard singles charts prefaced years of successes for the singer that included a Grammy win for ‘Where Is The Love’ in 1975.
Just over a decade after her Grammy win, Wright bagged another achievement becoming the first woman to have a record on her own label achieve gold status.