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Bettye Swann (born Betty Jean Champion, 24 October 1944, Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American soul music singer, best known for her 1967 hit song “Make Me Yours.”

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Career

She grew up in Arcadia, Louisiana, one of 14 children, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1963. Although some sources state that she was in a vocal group known as The Fawns who recorded for Money Records in 1964, she has refuted this, saying that she sang with a trio in Arcadia by that name.[1]

In 1964 she started a solo singing career, as Bettye Swann, at the prompting of local DJ Al Scott, who became her manager. After a minor hit with the self-penned "Don’t Wait Too Long," her big breakthrough came with "Make Me Yours," which topped the Billboard R&B charts in July 1967, and also made #21 on the Billboard Hot 100[2 ]. In 1968 she split with Scott, moved to Georgia, won a new contract with Capitol Records and had another hit with "Don’t Touch Me" (#14 R&B, #38 Hot 100).

In 1972 she transferred to Atlantic Records, and had a couple of minor hits with "Victim of a Foolish Heart" (later revived by Joss Stone), and Merle Haggard’s "Today I Started Loving You Again." She continued to record until the mid 1970s, but with little commercial success. Her last public performance as Bettye Swann was in 1980, the year her husband and manager, George Barton, died.

As Betty Barton, she then worked in the education sector in the Las Vegas, Nevada area, and became a Jehovah's Witness. She is now retired and, according to a 2005 interview, suffers from a degenerative spinal condition.[1]

Discography

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Albums

  • 1967: Make Me Yours (Money)
  • 1968: The Soul View Now (Capitol) - R&B #48
  • 1969: Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me (Capitol)
  • 1990: Sweet Dreams (Capitol)
  • 2001: The Money Recordings (Kent)
  • 2004: Bettye Swann (Astralwerks/Honest Jons)

Singles

1964

  • Don't wait too long / What is my life coming to - Money 108 (R&B #27)

1965

  • The man that said no / What can it be - Money 113
  • The heartache is gone / Our love - Money 118

1967

  • Make Me Yours / I will not cry - Money 126 (US #21, R&B #1)
  • Fall in love with me / Lonely love - Money 129 (US #67, R&B #36)
  • Don't look back / You gave me love - Money 135
  • I think I'm falling in love / Don't take my mind - Money 136

1968

  • My heart is closed for the season / I'm lonely for you - Capitol 2263
  • Don't touch me / My heart is closed for the season - Capitol 2382 (US #38, R&B #14)

1969

  • No faith no love / Angel of the morning - Capitol 2515
  • Little things mean a lot / Just because you can't be mine - Capitol 2723
  • Don't you ever get tired of hurting me / Willie & Laura Mae Jones- Capitol 2606

1970

  • Ain't that peculiar / Don't let it happen to us - Capitol 2850

1971

  • I'm just living a lie / I can't let you break my heart - Fame 1479
  • Victim of a foolish heart / Cold day (in hell) - Atlantic 2869 (US #63, R&B #16)

1972

  • Make me yours / I will not cry - Abet 9450
  • I'd rather go blind / Today I started loving you again- Atlantic 2921 (US #46)
  • Don't wait too long / I can't stop loving you - Abet 9453
  • Fall in love with me / I think I'm falling in love (as Betty Swann) - Abet 9455

1973

  • Yours until tomorrow / Till I get it right - Atlantic 2950
  • I'm not that easy to love (unissued)
  • The boy next door / Kiss my love goodbye - Atlantic 3019
  • Time to say goodbye / When the game is played on you - Atlantic 3211

1975

  • All the way in or all the way out / Doing for the one I love - Atlantic 3262
  • Storybook children / Just as sure (duet with Sam Dees) - Big Tree 16054

1976

  • Heading in the right direction / Be strong enough to hold on - Atlantic 3352

External links

Story on Bettye Swann by The Chancellor of Soul (Mike Boone) at
www.chancellorofsoul.com

References

  1. ^ a b Las Vegas City Life
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1992). Billboard Book of USA Top 40 Hits (5th ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Billboard Publications Inc. p. 449. ISBN 0-85112-528-X.  

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