After years of singing on We Three demos, Stax finally gave Bettye her own album in This will be welcomed by all collectors of Southern and, in particular, Memphis soul from the early 70s. Unfortunately good luck finding any real information on the woman, let along her wonderful solo LP. The mids found Crutcher living in Memphis. A single parent raising three boys on her own, she paid her bills working as a full time nurse, but had a driving desire to make it in the music business. As a result she worked her medical job all day; fed and put her kids to bed, and then would write and record material into the early hours of the morning. A prolific songwriter she initially tried to score a contract with Hi Records but was turned down by the label. A week later Crutcher returned with a slew of bluesy material and was signed on as a staff writer.
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Her songs already been rejected by Willie Mitchell at Hi Records. Don had already established himself as a successful and prolific songwriter. That was her dream. Unlike many songwriters, Bettye never really thought about being a singer. Bettye did however, enjoy brief recording career. By then, Bettye Crutcher had established herself as a successful, award-winning songwriter. Following the disappointment of being turned down by Hi Records, Bettye returned to her day job as a nurse. After all, she was a single parent with two children to feed.
From the late 70s and throughout the 80s, the album was seldom seen or talked about outside of a small circle of knowledgeable record collectors but, with the arrival of hip hop at the tail end of the 80s, the record began to be revisited and plundered by enterprising DJs and producers looking for segments to sample. For all other territories packaging is free and postage is charged on a weight basis. We use Royal Mail First Class for UK deliveries and standard Air Mail for all other territories, very large orders will usually be sent via parcelforce. You may cancel your order at any time prior to your order being dispatched by emailing us at orders acerecords. Please note: As music downloads are dispatched immediately after purchase, there is no possibility of cancelling these orders. Music downloads should be returned to us via the e-mail address above including a copy of your notification.
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