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Bettye Lavette honours black female rhythm and blues singers who came before / ABC - Australia

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The 'singer's singer' Bettye LaVette has fans in Pharrell Williams, Keith Richards and Barack Obama. She's been in the business a long time: in 1962 she recorded her first single at the age of sixteen and she's about to release a new album Blackbirds which honours the Black female rhythm and blues singers who came before. No matter whose song she's interpreting (be it John Prine, Fiona Apple, Nina Simone or Bob Dylan) she infuses it with personal triumph and tragedy and makes it sound like it was written for her voice.

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