By Bettye LaVette
The singer's autobiography charts one overlooked probability and blown chance after one other that allows you to belated renown forty years into her profession. Born Betty Haskins in Michigan, she was once a highschool dropout, married and a mom through the age of 15, and ran wild during the Motor urban golf equipment. Rechristened Bettye LaVette, she dove into the track scene, notching a top-10 nationwide R & B hit on Atlantic in 1962. whereas she reached the pinnacle forty a number of extra instances during the early '80s, LaVette by no means skilled sustained good fortune. Her latter-day albums for the self sustaining label Anti- ultimately introduced her the viewers she coveted. Her personal recounting indicates she was once the sufferer of her personal monumentally faulty judgment. She indulged heartily in alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and sex--she counted Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and Jackie Wilson between her many paramours, sustained a decades-long affair with checklist exec Clarence Paul, had a long term woman lover and labored on and off as a prostitute. & nbsp;Read more...
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I was the first in my family to make a hundred dollars in a single day. They saw no reason why I couldn’t be an artist as big as Mary Wells. If that meant going to New York, so be it. They’d care for Terrye. indd 51 7/26/12 3:14 AM B e t t y e L a Ve t t e sweetness, didn’t carry much influence. Clarence Paul and Ted White gave me enough money for a plane ticket and a few weeks’ worth of expenses. The night before I left, I was at Phelps Lounge where I met a man who would change my life. ” “I’m an exec at the musician’s union.
Daddy didn’t feel the same way. He was in a bad mood. He’d been drinking—as had she—and wanted more. They were both drunk, but Daddy wanted to be drunker. Meanwhile, Mama had hidden his liquor. That was her only way of preserving it. They got into a screaming match. To make his point, he grabbed that 78 record, threw it on the floor, and smashed it to bits. Mama didn’t protest; she simply ran back out to Elma and Carl’s and bought another copy. When she defiantly put it on the turntable and cranked up the volume, Daddy repeated his recordsmashing routine.
Like nearly all the women who knew him, I’d been chasing Marvin and getting nowhere. indd 36 7/26/12 3:14 AM A W o m a n L ı• k e M e “Hitch Hike” around the same time Jerry Wexler called from Atlantic to say that he wanted another single from me. By then Robert West had become my manager. I saw West as a cool old man with the right connections. He managed the Fabulous Playboys, a group he renamed the Falcons. They had a huge hit in the late fifties, “You’re So Fine,” and, at one time or another, their members included Eddie Floyd, Joe Stubbs, Mack Rice (who wrote “Mustang Sally” and “Respect Yourself ”), and Wilson Pickett.