Click on the link here for Audio Player – 4 by Betty Everett – 1963 – Vee-Jay Records (session masters)
The history of Rock may not have exclusive rights to the stories of the overlooked and underrated, but they have more than their fair share of them.
Case in point – Betty Everett. Probably best known by most oldies aficionados for her trademark Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss), which as been a staple of most 60’s Soul retrospectives since reissues began. She recorded a substantial amount and recorded a lot of memorable songs. Trouble was, most of them were covered by other artists who went on to score massive hits from them, with Betty Everett receiving little more than a passing nod. Her first single for Vee-Jay was a minor 1963 hit, You’re No Good, which was recorded by a number of artists and became a smash hit for Linda Ronstadt. However, Betty did the original.
Tonight, as part of our occasional Soundbooth feature – I’m running four songs featuring Betty Everet during her Vee-Jay tenure. You’re No Good, I Can’t Hear You, Can I Get To Know You and The Shoop-Shoop Song.
If they sound a little different from what you’ve been used to hearing, it’s because they are from the original multi-track session masters and most likely haven’t been heard that way in a very long time.
So if you’re familiar with Betty Everett, you may not be all that familiar with these. If you’re not familiar with Betty Everett, have a listen to one of the bright lights of 60s Soul, who left too soon and was overlooked in the process.
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