From regional hits on tiny labels like CJ,Cobra and OneDerFul to success with a series of cover versions Betty Everett had all her hit singles on the Vee Jay label at the time they were riding high with the Beatles. You're no good had been first made by Dee Dee Warwick and flopped .Likewise for Its in his kiss-first recorded by Merry Clayton.The first version issued in the U K was by Ramona King. With Getting mighty crowded came the first top 30 hit in this country and she toured here. After Vee Jay came other labels like ABC and Uni but the glory days were over. Before her death in 2001 Betty was involved with the R & B Foundation and the church/ But what an incredible name-Betty Everett
Betty's rousing version of It's in his kiss is the only song she is famous for, but the other twenty-nine tracks here demonstrate her versatility. Betty's first hit was You're no good, which was a top sixty American hit for her and has since become something of a classic. The Swinging Blue Jeans covered it and had a top three British hit with it, then Linda Ronstadt covered it in the seventies and had a number one hit in the American pop charts. Good as they are, neither of those versions is any better than Betty's. Betty's version of Hound dog is brilliant, yet different from Elvis' version. She had a series of minor American hits with I can't hear you, It hurts to be in love and Getting mighty crowded - all of which are included here, but it's amazing that they didn't chart higher. Betty's classic duet with Jerry Butler (Let it be me) is also included. For whatever reason, Betty, who had a strong, passionate voice, didn't become the big star that her talent deserved, but this is a highly entertaining collection of her music.
I only discovered Betty Everett by chance when her song It Hurts to be in Love was part of the Double Feature spot on Radio 2 Sounds of the Sixties along side the Gene Pitney record of a different song with same title. Cilla Black among others used to cover her songs, but you need to hear the originals to fully appreciate her talent. The duets with Jerry Butler are outstanding, and although I never believed anyone else could deliver a song as well as the Everleys,she proves she can.
I cannot understand her failure to have greater recognition in her lifetime. Listen to this and you will feel the same.
Fresh, black pop-soul with a touch of tasteful musicality. Many excellent tracks, from In his Kiss to You're no Good. A really good collection that can make you dance, snap your fingers, even get a little nostalgic and melancholic, or totally carefree and "ready for the weekend"