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Betty Wright

John Abbey, Blues & Soul, January 1976

FOR EVERY successful sound, there always has to be a pioneer. For Motown and Detroit, I guess it was Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; for Philly, it would really have to be the O'Jays. But in both cases, there is cause for argument. The Miami boom cannot prompt such discussions because the very beautiful but equally adept Ms Betty Wright was easily the pacemaker for the string of successful acts that have since blossomed in the Florida heat. But it is not out of sentiment that Henry Stone – the tower of power behind the TK operation – recently announced that his company had worked out a special arrangement with Ms Wright to expand her interests within the company.

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