R&B sensation, Betty Wright has died at age 66, according to family sources.

Made popular by some to songs like “Tonight Is the Night,” “No Pain, (No Gain)” and her 1972 single “Clean Up Woman” the singer sure booked a place for herself in global music map.

She was born Bessie Regina Norris and had an early life of singing which she started by performing with the Echoes of Joy, her family’s gospel group in Miami, Florida. By the age of 15, she released her first solo album My First Time Around and had her first Top 40 song “Girls Can’t Do What the Guys Do.” 

Wright won a Grammy Award in 1974 for best R&B song, “Where Is the Love?” 

Throughout the late 70s and early 80s, the singer-songwriter would continue releasing music and her 1988 hit “No Pain, (No Gain)” would be Wright’s last significant song on the charts in a career spanning five decades. But this did not stop Wright, who would continue performing, writing and producing, as well as being an active member of The Recording Academy.

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