It’s not that hard to see why there’s been a simmering level of dissatisfaction with and criticism of the appropriation of black music by white musicians in the United States…
Compare Everett’s soulful original with Linda Ronstadt’s version—a big hit when I was a kid and which I still remember vividly (listen here or here). Ronstadt is great and she tears it up—you can see why it was a huge hit for her, and it makes a great rock ballad. But I’ll take Everett’s version over it any day. That horn section and then that twangy guitar coming in, Everett’s soulful phrasing—it’s just more striking and original, for me, than the Ronstadt version.
So why is it Ronstadt’s version that was such a huge hit, and has stuck, while Everett has largely dropped off the radar?
Here’s Everett’s biggest hit, just to give you a sense of how great she was:“The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in his Kiss)”. Girl groups—those were the days.
There is, at least, a little justice: Cher‘s cover of this Everett song was not a hit for her. I do appreciate the old school backup singers, but Cher just does it too big—she’s such a drama queen—and loses what is great about the song (and whose idea were those strings?).
- Betty Everett – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
- Beg, Scream & Shout!: The Big Ol’ Box Of 60’s Soul – Amazon.com
- Download Beg Scream and Shout Torrent – KickassTorrents.com.
- Very Best of Betty Everett – Amazon.com
- Download Betty Everett-2 Cd Warez (3746071).
- Girl Group Greats – Amazon.com
- Linda Ronstadt’s Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 & 2 – Amazon.com