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Betty Wright & The Jamaican Link


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Howard Campbell, Gleaner Writer

Rhythm and Blues singers like Betty Wright were the rage during the 1970s.

Roots-Reggae and Rasta may have been hot here, but nothing rocked a Jamaican house party like soul music from the American south.

The 56 year-old Wright is the featured act for Saturday's show at the LIME Golf Academy in Kingston. Singers Tarrus Riley, Freddie McGregor and Tessanne Chin will also perform.

It will be Wright's first show in JAMAICA since 1996 when she performed at the Woman to Woman charity show organised by Judy Mowatt.

Wright first performed in Jamaica as a teenager in 1970, at the Carib Theatre. She was hot at the time with the song Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do (And Still Be a Lady) and appeared alongside soul singer Eddie Floyd (of Knock On Wood fame), Tony Verity, the Gaylettes and King Stitt.

"After that show I came back and forth (to Jamaica). I did a lot of recording with a lot of people," Wright told The Gleaner recently.

One of her biggest projects in Jamaica was Wright Back At You, her 1983 album which was produced by Marlon Jackson. It featured guitarist Donald Kinsey of Peter Tosh's band, with backing vocals by an upcoming singer named Luther Vandross.

Wright also did backing vocals on Tosh's Mama Africa album, so too Barrington by Barrington Levy. Her most famous Jamaican link, however, was opening for Bob Marley on several dates of his 1979 Survival tour.

On a personal note, Wright was married to Noel 'King Sporty' Williams, a Jamaican singer/songwriter who co-wrote Buffalo Soldier with Marley.

Wright's forte

Though she has had a reggae connection for many years, Wright's forte is R&B. She was part of the famous Miami scene of the 1970s that also produced George and Gwen McCrae and KC and the Sunshine Band.

All were signed to producer Henry Stone's TK Records which put the city's music on the map long before Gloria Estefan and the outrageous 2 Live Crew. The TK Records heyday has long passed, but the label's former acts remain popular.

"We're all still gigging, that's the thing we learned coming up. Doing live work is important," Wright said.

The Miami-born Wright was one of many throaty, female soul singers from the south who became popular in Jamaica during the 1970s. Others were Dorothy Moore, Margie Josephs and Shirley Brown.

The Cleanup Woman, Tonight Is The Night and Thank You For the Many Things You've Done were some of Wright's popular hits in Jamaica. In the 1980s, local radio picked up on two of her sassy anthems, No Pain, No Gain and After The Pain.

Like many of her contemporaries, Wright has heard her work sampled by modern R&B acts like Mary J Blige and Beyonce, and ska/punk group Sublime.

Wright says after initial scepticism, she has warmed to licensing of her work.

"I was kind of upset in the beginning with all the sampling but now that things are being licensed properly, I'm okay with it," she said. "Plus, it opens a whole new audience."

Betty Wright has worked with a diverse list of acts in recent years, including British singer Tom Jones and hip hop impresario P Diddy. She plans to release her first album in 10 years, in 2011.

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