Bettye LaVette - The Great Lady of Soul

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In 1961, as a teenager, Bettye LaVette recorded her first hit. But despite her initial success she spent four decades waiting for her moment in the spotlight. Now in her 60s, she has been crowned the "Comeback Queen" and is sharing the stage with megastars like Jon Bon Jovi (at Obama’s Inaugural Concert) and Paul McCartney. In this interview with Maria Hinojosa, “the great lady of soul” talks about her initial success and years of obscurity, the secret of her voice, and why age is not an issue.

Maria on her interview with Bettye LaVette:

"I wish I could grow up to be Bettye LaVette! She is known as the comeback queen because even though she had her first soul hit when she was just 16, she toiled in relative obscurity for years and years, sometimes making $50 a set to sing the blues in Detroit. Her audience grew to the milliosn when she sang at the Inauguration of President Obama and the Kennedy Center Awards. Bettye is happy now and I enjoyed hearing this strong woman's story of survival."

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