Iconic Soul and R&B Singer Betty Wright Dies at 66



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The “Tonight Is the Night” and “Where Is the Love” singer founded her own record label and was introduced to a younger generation of fans on the TV show ‘Making the Band.’

Legendary soul and R&B singer Betty Wright, known for classics such as “Tonight Is the Night,” “No Pain, (No Gain)” and “Clean Up Woman,” has died. She was 66.

Wright died from cancer at her home in Miami, Billboard has confirmed.

In early May, Chaka Khan wrote on Twitter that Wright was “now in need of all your prays.”

“Calling all my #PrayWarriors,” Khan tweeted. “My beloved sister, Betty Wright @MsBettyWright, is now in need of all your prays.”

Born Bessie Regina Norris in 1953, Wright started her music career singing with Echoes of Joy, her family’s gospel group in Miami. In 1968, at age 15, she released her debut album, My First Time Around, giving her a top 40 song on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.”

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