Lost Treasures: Betty Everett – “Hands Off”

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This week, our “Lost Treasure” is a 1964 release on VeeJay Records.  It’s the B-side of Betty Everett’s most well-known hit: ” The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)”.  Betty began playing piano & singing gospel music as a youngster & after moving to Chicago in her late teens was signed to VeeJay Records.  She recorded & released a few singles throughout the mid-60’s but none of these connected with radio or listeners.  When VeeJay folded in 1966, she recorded for several other labels, including ABC, Fantasy, and Uni.  She scored again with  “There’ll Come a Time”  on Uni Records, but would never again match this success in spite of releases throughout the 70’s.  Until her death, Everett resided with her sister in South Belloit, Ill., where she was involved in the Rhythm & Blues Foundation and the churches of the Fountain of Life and New Covenant.  She was inducted into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation’s Hall Of Fame in 1996 and, about four years later, made her last public appearance on the PBS special Doo Wop 51, along with her former singing partner, Jerry Butler.  Everett died at her home in Beloit, Wisconsin, on August 19, 2001; she was 61.  Have a great weekend from your friends at Puget Sound Media!

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Mike Cherry

Author: Mike Cherry

retired broadcaster: on-air, MD, PD, asst PD, Prod Mgr, IT, station technician/engineer, pioneer Internet webcaster, station installation/maintenance; 12 years in commercial radio, 17 years volunteer in campus/community radio in B.C., Alberta & Wash. Amateur radio operator & "DXer" specializing in AM night-time DX, short-wave DX/listening & remote SDR DXing/listening

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