Search

Betty the Queen of rare groove still hits the Wright notes

PUBLISHED: 12:31 19 February 2013 | UPDATED: 12:39 20 February 2013

Betty Wright with Lorraine King

Betty Wright with Lorraine King

Archant

Soul songstress takes Islington Assembly Hall by storm

Track listing

1.In the middle of the game

2.Thank you for the many things you’ve done

3.After the pain

4.Girls can’t do what the guys do

5.Make me love the rain

6.Tonight is the night

7.Clean up woman

8.No pain no gain

9.Keep love new

If you’re the Queen of a music genre you have to own a room when you walk into it.

Betty Wright not only gripped her ownership with style she also managed to make every single person in that room feel like they were her friends.

The Queen of rare groove may be 60 in December but she showed no signs of slowing down, no no no, Betty will continue to clock up further mileage to her 47-year history in the business.

The rare groove genre has a massive underground following in the UK but is literally unheard of in the US, however Betty had done her research and knew which of her tunes us Brits liked the most.

Strutting on to the stage wearing a red spandex two-piece outfit and a silver sequin cape she had swag and so rightly.

Her first song was only released in the UK last year so it was a great track to start with as it proved she is still giving today’s RnB artist a run for their money.

With every song she sang Miss Wright had an interesting tale to tell beforehand with animation and fabulous dance moves. Betty really can move.

Whether it was about her early days in the industry, why she chose to write a particular song, her beautiful daughters (two out of the three were her backing singers), or her witty recollection of taking successful legal action against the producers behind Color Me Badd for sampling ‘Tonight is the Night’ on their hit song ‘I Wanna Sex You Up’.

She had the audience in stitches after begging everyone not to put footage of her on YouTube citing that she woke up with something on her chest and her voice was as ‘deep as a man’s’.

Well if that’s what she sounds like if she has something on her chest I can’t wait to hear her on a ‘clear’ day as she hit every one of her six-octave vocal range.

After eight songs she said goodbye and left the stage but we all knew she was going to come back.

And so she returned to encore with ‘Keep Love New’ – one of her signature tunes and we were singing along with her.

Betty said she loves the UK so much that she’ll be back in October, roll on the autumn…..

Betty Wright played at the Islington Assembly Hall in Upper Street, Islington, on February 15 and 17.

0 comments

Latest Kilburn Entertainment News

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Those wishing to experience a free fireworks evening with a carnival feel should head to Wembley Park.

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Emma Bartholomew takes her three children to the Algarve’s Vila Monte boho chic resort, where they try out a goat herding “experience”, wood fire pizza making, as well as full-on out-and-out relaxing.

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Emma Bartholomew visits the Hotel Britannia Excelsior on the banks of Lake Como in Cadenabbia with her family, where they enjoy their most relaxing holiday in years basking in the sun on the lido

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Mikel Murfi’s wondrous one-man show, fittingly performed on the bare, makeshift stage of the Tricycle’s cinema is the sequel to his much-loved The Man in the Woman’s Shoes

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW tries out Fish and Pips’ hassle-free ready meals whilst skiing with her family, at a luxury chalet in Meribel Village

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Emma Bartholomew finds plenty to keep all ages entertained in Alpe d’Huez, with horse riding, mountain biking, bob sleigh and ice skating.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

EMMA BARTHOLOMEW and her family find the picture-perfect Arc 1950 has a wealth of activity going on during the summer, meaning you’ll never be stuck for things to do

Thursday, October 13, 2016

A spooky-style Zippo’s Circus will be coming to Brent Cross over the half-term holidays with a special Halloween-themed show.

PROMOTED CONTENT

The Granville has begun taking bookings for workspaces and events ahead of its opening this spring.

Brent Clinical Commissioning Group has announced changes to the community’s cardiology service.

If you have been looking for laser hair removal, beauty salon treatments, or skin care services you may be confused and overwhelmed with so much information out there and so many clinics and salons promising miraculous results.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most Read Entertainment

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Brent & Kilburn Times
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now