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Betty Wright: In The Wright Place

Vernon Gibbs, Crawdaddy!, October 1977

NEW YORK — America needs a new Queen of Soul. Aretha has abdicated, Natalie Cole is a pretender; Gladys Knight, Chaka Khan, Millie Jackson and Donna Summer are all ladies-in-waiting. There are hundreds of unknowns giving it to the Lord every Sunday. But the smart money these days is on a relative outsider, a 23-year-old with 20 years' experience on the stage; a gritty pouter shouter with an exuberantly killer stage show — Betty Wright.

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