Music legend Betty Wright dies at 66 after cancer battle

Liberty-city born singer remembered as an influence to many in the music industry

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Music lost a legend Sunday when singer Betty Wright passed away from cancer at the age of 66.

Betty Wright was born and raised in Miami’s Liberty City neighborhood. She toured with James Brown and Bob Marley, among many others, and she established herself as a mentor to so many names in the music industry today. One of her last major performances was at the Hard Rock Stadium at the Jazz in the Gardens festival where she had performed for the past two years.

No Pain (No Gain)” was just one of the ten Top 20 hits that the R&B singer would celebrate over her five-decades long career.

Her distinct sound would reach radios and concert venues around the world, but she never left her Miami roots.

"Black people in the community, we needed someone to be proud of and Betty Wright was someone that all of South Florida could be proud of," Deejay James T. of radio station Hot 105.1, said.

She died at her home in Miami on Sunday. Wright’s family confirmed the news of her death saying: “Our believed mother, grandmother, sister, godmother, mentor, friend and music icon, transition to be with the Lord.”

Wright was all that and more to some of the biggest names in music from Jennifer Lopez to Beyoncé. Wright even served as a vocal coach to the members of the mega group Destiny’s Child.

The singer’s hit, “Girls Can’t Do What The Guys Do” was sampled by Beyoncé years later on her classic “Upgrade U.”


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