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Bettye Swann

Best known for her 1967 R&B chart-topper "Make Me Yours," Southern soul chanteuse Bettye Swann was born Betty Jean Champion in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 24, 1944. She first surfaced during the early 1960s as a member of the Fawns before mounting a solo career in 1964 with the Carolyn Franklin-penned "Don't Wait Too Long," the first of a series of Arthur Wright-produced singles for the independent Los Angeles label Money. "The Man That Said No" and "The Heartache Is Gone" followed in 1965, and two years later, Swann returned with the gorgeous "Make Me Yours," which also served as the title for her first full-length LP. 1967 saw the release of three more Money singles -- "Fall in Love With Me," "Don't Look Back," and "I Think I'm Falling in Love" -- while the next year heralded a leap to major label Capitol for "My Heart Is Closed for the Season." The follow-up, "Don't Touch Me," was the first single released from Swann's second long-player, The Soul View Now; Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me? followed in 1969, highlighted by the minor hit "Little Things Mean a Lot." After a one-off single for Fame, 1971's "I'm Just Living a Lie," Swann landed at Atlantic; her label debut, "Victim of a Foolish Heart," cracked the R&B Top 20 in 1972, and was revived over three decades later by blue-eyed soul upstart Joss Stone. Her next Atlantic effort, "I'd Rather Go Blind," was notable in large part for its B-side, a reading of Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again," that proved Swann a superb interpreter of country-soul -- 1973's "Yours Until Tomorrow" was backed by another Nashville cover, this time Tammy Wynette's "Til I Get It Right." In 1974, she made a return to the lower rungs of the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Boy Next Door" -- the flip side, "Kiss My Love Goodbye," found Swann operating firmly in Philly soul territory, its slick, urbane production courtesy of the Young Professionals team of LeBaron Taylor, Phil Hurtt, and Tony Bell. With 1975's "All the Way In or All the Way Out" she again enjoyed minor chart success, but subsequent recording sessions are undocumented, and Swann eventually faded from sight. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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got2bejuicee
i fell n love with bettyes voice40 years ago ,very unique.
Bettye song really hit the spot, Make Me Yours yes! still sounds good! RQ/rlh
Gone But Never Forgotten-H- T o w n Lo-Rollazzz
A PowerHouse,t h a n k s for the memories
A little kid on Galveston beaches 60's
*978*4m14y~
SHE LIKES U!!
Ok Chicago this is going out for you
This is my Home Girl. I would like to see her. Her music is as beautiful as she is.
A time when there was so. Much passion in there. Songs . Loving it more daily as I listen to the lyrics where are those artist today . I wish today artist would song with the same passion .
thanks for enlightening me to her beautiful voice.
I never heard of her in my youth, now I am hooked on her voice.
dewontez
Bettye Swann is before mytime, a friend turned me on to her. But she has such a Beautiful voice.. LOVE her songs!!!!!
OMG... SHe looks just like my former manager. Her name was Bettye too. But I'm not sure if the last name was Swann. Is it possible. I like her sound.
aximute
hey,
Anyone have "Until tomorrow" from Bettye Swann?
wow
What a beautiful voice. Oh the memories.
senginc
Never heard of her in the 60's
but sounds good - style like Barbara Lewis and others
This my girl all her songs are sooo sweet
mary373
I agree - her voice is very touching and vulnerable.
SO GOOD!
Never heard of this artist before, but I fell in love with her voice. That soul sound is so touching. LOVE IT!!!!!!!
Can we say - "that's what I talking about" - this is grown up stuff.
Her voice takes me back to days of youth and ..... WOW -- good memories.
See, this is why I love Pandora. I heard a snippet of "Piece of My Heart" on The Wire. I googled the lyrics, created a station and now I have a whole new world of music at my fingertips, most notably, Ms. Bettye Swann. She exemplifies the best of Southern Soul, or juke-joint music, as we call it back home. Love it!
maye_is
I can't believe she's not more popular. Her voice is fabulous.
pelutchman
Bettye Swann has such a great voice. Her style is subtle, soulful and sexy. I have been a fan since childhood. To listen an orignal Don't Touch Me" is to hear a cultural wonder.

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Bettye is from my hometown, Make Me Yours. I loved her. I found a CD by her.
just a beautiful voice gerald mire
love the music...I have never heard of this artist...gre a t motown sound!

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