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Bettye LaVette
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    (January 29, 1946- )
    Born in Muskegon, Michigan
    Birth name was Betty Haskins
    Recorded the singles 'My Man, He's a Lovin Man' (1962), 'Let Me Down Easy' (1965), 'He Made a Woman Out of Me' (1969), 'Do Your Duty' (1970), 'Thank You For Loving Me' (1975) and 'Right in the Middle (Of Falling in Love)' (1982)
    Recorded the albums 'Tell Me a Lie' (1982), 'Let Me Down Easy In Concert' (2000), 'A Woman Like Me' (2003), 'I've Got My Own Hell to Raise' (2005) and 'The Scene of the Crime' (2007)
    She added a superfluous 'e' to her first name.
    She got married at age 15.
    Her album 'Child of the Seventies' was shelved for three decades.
    Asked how she gets in the mood to sing sad songs, she replied, 'I just think about my career.... I could break down crying any time I think about it.'
    She received the W.C. Handy Award for Comeback Blues Album of the Year (2004).
    NPR asked, 'Is there any soul singer who brings more guts, more conviction and more emotion to her singing?'
    Esquire magazine named her sexiest female vocalist (2006).
    She stole the show at the 2008 Kennedy Center Honors with her rendition of the Who's 'Love Reign O'er Me.'
    She said, 'This year has been the greatest year of my life. Who would have imagined both Barack and I going to the White House?'

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