Betty Everett: Renowned Rhythm and Blues Singer

Written by Jae Jones

Betty Everett was a rhythm and blues singer best known for her “Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” in the spring of 1964. Everett was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, in 1939 and began playing the piano at a very young age. She moved to Chicago in the late 1950s and began recording with Muddy Waters and Magic Sam. She recorded with several other labels over the years, but her big hits were with VeeJay Records.

She later recorded “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” in the spring of 1964, which became a top ten song. Other songs like “I Can’t Hear You” and “Getting Mighty Crowded” were not as successful.

Everett received the BMI Pop Award in 1964 and 1991, and the BMI R&B Award in 1964. She also toured England in the mid-60s. In 1969, her hit “There’ll Come A Time” reached number 2 on the R&B charts, giving her a momentum that continued into the early 1970s.

During the 1980s, Everett lived with her sister until her death. She resided in South Beloit, Illinois, and was involved in the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the churches of the Fountain of Life.

Cher performed a version of Everett’s “Shoop Shoop Song” and took it to the top of the charts in 1991. In 1996, Everett was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Hall Of Fame.  She made her last public appearance on the PBS special Doo Wop 51, along with her former singing partner, Jerry Butler. Everett died in 2001 at the age of 61.



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Jae Jones

Jae Jones has been writing professionally for over 10 years. She holds a degree in Business Administration, and enjoys writing on various topics.

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