A woman like me by Bettye LaVette

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By Bettye LaVette

The singer's autobiography charts one overlooked probability and blown chance after one other in an effort to belated renown forty years into her occupation. Born Betty Haskins in Michigan, she was once a highschool dropout, married and a mom by way of the age of 15, and ran wild throughout the Motor urban golf equipment. Rechristened Bettye LaVette, she dove into the tune scene, notching a top-10 nationwide R & B hit on Atlantic in 1962. whereas she reached the head forty numerous extra instances in the course of the early '80s, LaVette by no means skilled sustained good fortune. Her latter-day albums for the self sustaining label Anti- eventually introduced her the viewers she coveted. Her personal recounting indicates she used to be the sufferer of her personal monumentally erroneous judgment. She indulged heartily in alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and sex--she counted Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and Jackie Wilson between her many paramours, sustained a decades-long affair with checklist exec Clarence Paul, had a long term girl lover and labored on and off as a prostitute. & nbsp;Read more...

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By then Robert West had become my manager. I saw West as a cool old man with the right connections. He managed the Fabulous Playboys, a group he renamed the Falcons. They had a huge hit in the late fifties, “You’re So Fine,” and, at one time or another, their members included Eddie Floyd, Joe Stubbs, Mack Rice (who wrote “Mustang Sally” and “Respect Yourself ”), and Wilson Pickett. Like me, the Falcons recorded for Atlantic, as would Pickett later on. When West took me to United Sound to record my second single, “You’ll Never Change,” we used the Playboys who were replacing the original Falcons.

Indd 42 7/26/12 3:14 AM A W o m a n L ı• k e M e When you were with Clarence, he gave you his all. He looked at you, listened to you, felt you. He loved your company and you loved his. He had warmth I couldn’t resist. Out of all of his many extramarital affairs, I’m proud to say that ours lasted the longest. It took me damn near forever to get over him. This night of nights, when “Bacon Fat” drew me to Clarence, happened in 1963, the same year as Stevie’s first number-one hit, “Fingertips,” written by Clarence and Hank Cosby.

He looked at you, listened to you, felt you. He loved your company and you loved his. He had warmth I couldn’t resist. Out of all of his many extramarital affairs, I’m proud to say that ours lasted the longest. It took me damn near forever to get over him. This night of nights, when “Bacon Fat” drew me to Clarence, happened in 1963, the same year as Stevie’s first number-one hit, “Fingertips,” written by Clarence and Hank Cosby. Stevie was thirteen, I was seventeen, and Clarence was thirty-five.

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