Betty Everett first began playing the piano and singing at church at 9 years old. In 1957, she moved to Chicago to pursue a music career, recording for various small labels before being discovered by Calvin Carter, the A&R director for Vee-Jay Records, which signed Everett in 1963.
Her first Vee-Jay single that year was "You're No Good", which only reached #51. It later became a #1 hit for Linda Ronstadt.
Her next single was a song she did not want to record it, feeling that it was silly and childish. "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" became her biggest hit.
In 2000, Everett made her last public performance on the PBS television special Doo Wop 51. She died in her home on August 19, 2001 at 61 years old.
Chart position: #6 (US), #1 (US R&B), #34 (UK).
The Top Ten Songs: April 18, 1964 (US Billboard Hot 100).
- "Can't Buy Me Love" (Beatles)
- "Twist and Shout" (Beatles)
- "Suspicion" (Terry Stafford)
- "Hello Dolly!" (Louis Armstrong)
- "Do You Want To Know A Secret" (Beatles)
- "The Shoop Shoop Song (It's In His Kiss)" (Betty Everett)
- "Glad All Over" (Dave Clark Five)
- "She Loves You" (Beatles)
- "Don't Let The Rain Come Down" (The Serendipity Singers)
- "Dead Man's Curve" (Jan & Dean)
Written by: Rudy Clark.
Clark also wrote such songs as "Good Lovin'" (The Young Rascals, #1 US in 1966,) "Everybody Plays the Fool" (the Main Ingredient, a Top 5 hit in 1972,) and "I've Got My Mind Set On You" (George Harrison, #1 US in 1987.)
Also by: Cher, whose 1990 version was a Top 40 hit in the US, and reached #1 in the UK, Austria, Ireland, Norway, and Poland. It sold over 6 million copies worldwide. It was featured in the film Mermaids.
Originally by: Merry Clayton, recorded in 1963 when she was only 15 years old.
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