Betty Wright, the Grammy-winning iconic soul and R&B singer, died from cancer at her home in Miami on Sunday, May 10. She was 66.
Wright is popular for hits such as “Clean Up Woman” and “Where is the Love.” Wright had been diagnosed with cancer in the fall.
Wright started her music career with Echoes of Joy, her family’s gospel group in Miami. She released her debut album, My First Time Around, in 1968, which earned her a top 40 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.”
Wright earned a top 10 single in 1972 with “Clean Up Woman,” which peaked at No. 6 on the Hot 100.
Several music stars like John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Ledisi, DJ Khaled and many more took to social media to pay tribute to Wright.
“I loved being around Ms Betty Wright,” Legend tweeted. “She was always so loving and giving to younger artists. Always engaged, always relevant. She will be missed.”
“Thank you for being a master teacher, a friend and one of the greatest female soul singers in our industry,” Ledisi tweeted. “You were so much more than your music. We were blessed to be around royalty. Thank you. I will never forget.”
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