She started with a little novelty song, but she was a really good R&B singer.
Betty Everett (November 23, 1939, Greenwood, Mississippi – August 19, 2001, Beloit, Wisconsin)
The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in his Kiss)/Vee-Jay 585/ March 1964/ #8
Let it be Me (with Jerry Butler)/ Vee-Jay 613/ September 1964
There’ll Come A Time/ Uni 55100/ February 1969/ #26
Having moved to Chicago in the late 1950’s, R&B/soul singer Betty Everett recorded unsuccessfully for several local labels, including Cobra, C.J. and One-derful, and briefly sang lead with the all-male group the Daylighters.
A duet with Jerry Butler, ‘Let It Be Me’ (1964), consolidated this position, but her finest moment came with ‘Getting Mighty Crowded’, a punchy Van McCoy song.
Her influence spread to the beat groups in the UK and groups such as the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Spencer Davis Group and the Hollies all covered songs she recorded.
Her career faltered on Vee Jay’s collapse in 1966, and an ensuing interlude at ABC Records was unproductive, despite producing classic tracks such as ‘Love Comes Tumbling Down’. However, in 1969, ‘There’ll Come A Time’ reached #2 in the R&B charts, a momentum that continued into the early 70’s with further releases on Uni and Fantasy Records.
Everett’s last chart entry was in 1978 with ‘True Love (You Took My Heart)’, on the United Artists Records label. Cher took her version of ‘The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)’ to the top of the UK chart in 1991.