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Monday 3 April 2023

You Bettye You Bet

On Friday we brought you a soul singer called Bette and a tenuous link to The Who. Today we have more of the same, except we have added a Y and made the link a bit stronger.

I know there are some Bettye Lavette fans among our regular readers, and some of you may already have her 2010 album "Interpretations". If you don't you really should.

The album's sub-title is "The British Rock Songbook" and as that suggests it is a collection of covers of songs by the big beasts who prowled these shores back in the 1960s and 1970s - The Beatles, The Stones, Elton, Floyd, Led Zep, they are all there. I have plumped for a couple of the less well known numbers, relatively speaking anyway.

The bonus track on the album - and today's video - is Ms Lavette's live rendition of The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me". A song that never did a great deal for me in the original, Bettye grabs it by the scruff of the neck and turns it into something splendid.

"Salt Of The Earth" - Bettye Lavette

"No Time To Live" - Bettye Lavette

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