Betty the Queen of rare groove still hits the Wright notes

PUBLISHED: 12:31 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:39 20 February 2013

Betty Wright with Lorraine King

Betty Wright with Lorraine King


Soul songstress takes Islington Assembly Hall by storm

Track listing

1.In the middle of the game

2.Thank you for the many things you’ve done

3.After the pain

4.Girls can’t do what the guys do

5.Make me love the rain

6.Tonight is the night

7.Clean up woman

8.No pain no gain

9.Keep love new

If you’re the Queen of a music genre you have to own a room when you walk into it.

Betty Wright not only gripped her ownership with style she also managed to make every single person in that room feel like they were her friends.

The Queen of rare groove may be 60 in December but she showed no signs of slowing down, no no no, Betty will continue to clock up further mileage to her 47-year history in the business.

The rare groove genre has a massive underground following in the UK but is literally unheard of in the US, however Betty had done her research and knew which of her tunes us Brits liked the most.

Strutting on to the stage wearing a red spandex two-piece outfit and a silver sequin cape she had swag and so rightly.

Her first song was only released in the UK last year so it was a great track to start with as it proved she is still giving today’s RnB artist a run for their money.

With every song she sang Miss Wright had an interesting tale to tell beforehand with animation and fabulous dance moves. Betty really can move.

Whether it was about her early days in the industry, why she chose to write a particular song, her beautiful daughters (two out of the three were her backing singers), or her witty recollection of taking successful legal action against the producers behind Color Me Badd for sampling ‘Tonight is the Night’ on their hit song ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’.

She had the audience in stitches after begging everyone not to put footage of her on YouTube citing that she woke up with something on her chest and her voice was as ‘deep as a man’s’.

Well if that’s what she sounds like if she has something on her chest I can’t wait to hear her on a ‘clear’ day as she hit every one of her six-octave vocal range.

After eight songs she said goodbye and left the stage but we all knew she was going to come back.

And so she returned to encore with ‘Keep Love New’ – one of her signature tunes and we were singing along with her.

Betty said she loves the UK so much that she’ll be back in October, roll on the autumn…..

Betty Wright played at the Islington Assembly Hall in Upper Street, Islington, on February 15 and 17.


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