Betty Everett

In the vein of so many African American singers of soul, Betty Everett honed her craft by performing gospel in church. Born under this name, in Mississippi, in November of 1939, she relocated to Chicago, in 1957.

Betty is remembered best for her release, “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)”, which, in 1964, climbed to No.6 on the national pop chart and No.1 on the rhythm and blues’. Nowadays, the song has more of a linkage to the singer and actress, Cher, who recorded it for the film, ‘Mermaids’, in which she starred, in 1990.

Nineteen sixty-four also saw her release “Let It Be Me”, in duet with Jerry Butler. The song — of French origin — had previously visited the Top Ten for The Everly Brothers, in 1960. This time it peaked at No.5; two places higher than its predecessor.

Although Betty continued to record until 1980, her only other significant entry to the charts came in the form of “There’ll Come A Time”, in 1969.

Betty Everett died at her home in Wisconsin, in August of 2001, at the age of sixty-one.