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27 JUL 10 DAVID NATHAN
Betty Everett's Fantasy recordings varied from the torch song "Be Anything (But Be Mine)" to "Don't Let It End ('Til You Let It Begin)," a 1973 hit for the Miracles. Those tracks and many more are available digitally on the collection The Fantasy Years.
Everett made her mark thanks to a few significant hit singles, most notably her 1963 cover of "You're No Good" (originally recorded by Dee Dee Warwick) which gave the Mississippi native her taste of success; the 1964 follow-up, "It's In His Kiss (The Shoop-Shoop Song)" and a duet with labelmate Jerry Butler on "Let It Be Me," which became a Top 5 hit the same year.
In 1970, Betty signed with Fantasy Records, cutting some singles and a total of two albums for the label. The company paired her with some of the finest producers and major players such as Joe Sample, guitarist Wah Wah Watson and prominent L.A. session man David T. Walker.
Her biggest charted single during her five years with Fantasy was the perky 1970 track, "I Got To Tell Somebody" but other musical highlights include 1971's "Ain't Nothing Gonna Change Me," "Try It, You'll Like It" and the funky "Sweet Dan," Betty's last Fantasy charted single.