Betty Wright, an R&B and soul singer known for her 1971 top-10 hit “Clean Up Woman,” died Sunday after battling cancer. She was 66.
The singer's death was confirmed to TMZ by Wright's niece, who broke the news in a tweet. Essence, quoting sources close to Wright's family, also confirmed the singer's death. BET also confirmed the singer's death.
Wright, a Miami native, peaked at No. 6 on Billboard's Hot 100 and No. 2 on the R&B charts in January 1972 with "Clean Up Woman,' her signature hit a song that was released in late 1971. The song was later sampled in a remix for Mary J. Blige's "Real Love."
Her other top-10 hit was a 1978 duet with Peter Brown, "Dance With Me," which got to No. 8 on the Billboard charts.
Wright also sang R&B classics such as “Tonight Is the Night” and “No Pain, (No Gain)."
Betty Wright was born Dec. 21, 1953, in Miami, the youngest of seven children. She began her singing career as a member of her family’s gospel group, The Echoes of Joy.
She began working as a backup singer when she was 13, and recorded her debut album, “My First Time Around,” when she was 15. The album yielded her first hit single, “Girls Can’t Do What Guys Can Do.”
Wright earned six Grammy Awards nominations during her career, winning a Grammy for best R&B song in 1975 for "Where is the Love."