Bettye Swann – 1967 – Make Me Yours
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Bettye Swann has an amazing voice & delivery. The sound quality is great as are the arrangements. One more fine example of how Soul Music manifested itself across America in the 60’s; each region with it’s own amazing signature. Only shame is the Pop Charts ignored so much really good music and great artists such as this lady & and Baby Washington, Maxine Brown etc.
Heavy deep soul from Bettye Swann – a great female soul singer from the 60s.
This is a @320 vinyl rip of my original Collectables Lp with Covers.
A1. Make Me Yours 2.45
A2. Fall In Love With Me 2.50
A3. Don’t Look Back 2.52
A4. Don’t Wait Too Long 2.40
A5. Don’t Take My Mind 2.35
A6. I Can’t Stop Loving You 3.45
B1. I Think I’m Falling In Love 2.49
B2. You Gave Me Love 2.45
B3. The Heartache Is Gone 2.21
B4. I Will Not Cry 3.08
B5. What Is My Life Coming To 2.43
B6. A Change Is Gonna Come 3.56
Uncut (p.132) – 4 stars out of 5 – “She once made the rainiest stetson ballads scorch with R&B sparkle….Terrific.”
Mojo (Publisher) (p.116) – 4 stars out of 5 – “No one sings like Bettye Swann. Her tender, yet flirty vocal delivery blended the syrupy pop sensibilities of the Motor City with the gutsy passion of Muscle Shoals and Memphis.”
Living Blues (9-10/01, p.80) – “…With her plaintive vocals surrounded by breezy brass…Swann paced the R&B charts in ’67 with her teasing ‘Make Me Yours’, its mid-tempo glide indicative of her entire output for the Money imprint…”
She grew up in Arcadia, Louisiana, one of 14 children, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1963. Although some sources state that she was in a vocal group known as The Fawns who recorded for Money Records in 1964, she has refuted this, saying that she sang with a trio in Arcadia by that name.
In 1964 she started a solo singing career, as Bettye Swann, at the prompting of local DJ Al Scott, who became her manager. After a minor hit with the self-penned “Don’t Wait Too Long,” her big breakthrough came with “Make Me Yours,” which topped the Billboard R&B charts in July 1967, and also made #21 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 1968 she split with Scott, moved to Georgia, won a new contract with Capitol Records and had another hit with “Don’t Touch Me” (#14 R&B, #38 Hot 100).
In 1972 she transferred to Atlantic Records, and had a couple of minor hits with “Victim of a Foolish Heart” (later revived by Joss Stone), and Merle Haggard’s “Today I Started Loving You Again.” She continued to record until the mid 1970s, but with little commercial success. Her last public performance as Bettye Swann was in 1980, the year her husband and manager, George Barton, died.
1967: Make Me Yours (Money)
1968: The Soul View Now (Capitol) – R&B #48
1969: Don’t You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me (Capitol)
2001: The Money Recordings (Kent)
2004: Bettye Swann (Astralwerks/Honest Jons)
1965: “Don’t Wait Too Long” – R&B #27
1967: “Fall In Love With Me” – US #67, R&B #36
1967: “Make Me Yours” – US #21, R&B #1
1969: “Don’t Touch Me” – US #38, R&B #14
1972: “Victim Of A Foolish Heart” – US #63, R&B #16
1973: “Today I Started Loving You Again” – US #46