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By Bettye LaVette

ISBN-10: 039915938X

ISBN-13: 9780399159381

The singer's autobiography charts one ignored likelihood and blown chance after one other to be able to belated renown forty years into her occupation. Born Betty Haskins in Michigan, she was once a highschool dropout, married and a mom via the age of 15, and ran wild throughout 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 head forty numerous extra instances during the early '80s, LaVette by no means skilled sustained luck. Her latter-day albums for the self sustaining label Anti- ultimately introduced her the viewers she coveted. Her personal recounting indicates she used to be 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 list exec Clarence Paul, had a long term girl lover and labored on and off as a prostitute. & nbsp;Read more...

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Ladies and gentlemen,” said the emcee. “It’s star time. Here she is, all the way from Detroit, Michigan, the little lady with the big voice. ” I got up there, looking all cute, feeling all perky, but when I opened my mouth, all that came out was a croak. I was hoarse as hell. In those days, I never stopped talking. I was so excited to be on the road, I never wanted to go to bed for fear of missing something. I had to meet everyone and be in every conversation. As a result, my voice was gone. It wasn’t God who intervened on my behalf, but the next best thing—Little Willie John, among the greatest of all singers.

The next move was easy. I went to see the only other person I knew in New York—Frank Kocian, the accountant for Shaw Artists Corporation, the outfit that booked me. As it happened, Frank was fed up with accounting and eager to manage. He had eyes to manage me. He took me to dinner and, straight up, asked if I wanted a professional and personal relationship. Professional was good enough for me, and Frank proved to be a gentleman. indd 54 7/26/12 3:14 AM A W o m a n L ı• k e M e He showed me New York City—the Apollo, the Palm Café, and the Baby Grand, where he got me a gig.

Indd 25 7/26/12 3:14 AM B e t t y e L a Ve t t e Now all we needed was another song for the fl ip side. ” I asked. “ ’Course we know Willie,” said Johnnie Mae. ” “Willie got himself in trouble,” said Timmy. ” “Don’t worry nothing ’bout that,” said Johnnie Mae. ” That’s just what she did, and a week or so later, I was about to make my first record. I couldn’t have been more excited. Johnnie Mae and Timmy were hooked up with Robert West, who at that time had more juice than Berry Gordy. These were folks with several labels of their own and a history of hits.

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