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My man he's a loving man / Shut your mouth - Atlantic 2160 * 1962
You'll never change / Here I am - Atlantic 2198 * 1963
Witchcraft in the air / You killed my love - Lupine 123 * 1963
Let me down easy / What I didn't know - Calla 102 * 1965
Only your love can save me / I feel good all over - Calla 104 * 1965
I'm just a fool for you / Stand up like a man - Calla 106 * 1966
I'm holding on / Tears in vain - Big Wheel 1969 * 1966
Almost / Love makes the world go round - Karen 1540 * 1968
Get away / What condition my condition is in - Karen 1544 * 1968
A little help from my friends / Hey love - Karen 1545 * 1968
Let me down easy / Ticket to the moon - Karen 1548 * 1969
He made a woman out of me / Nearer to you - Silver Fox 17 * 1969
Do your duty / Love made a fool of me - Silver Fox 21 * 1969
Games people play / My train's coming in - Silver Fox 24 * 1969
Take another piece of my heart / At the mercy of a man - SSS Int'l 839 * 1970
He made a woman out of me / My train's coming in - SSS Int'l 933 * 1970
Let's go let's go let's go / ? - SSS Int'l 946 * 1970 (with Hank Ballard)
Never my love / Stormy - TCA 001 * 1971
Heart of gold / You'll wake up wiser - Atco 6891 * 1972
Your turn to cry / Soul tambourine - Atco 6913 * 1973
Thank you for loving me / You made a believer out of me - Epic 50143 * 1975
Behind closed doors / You're a man of words, I'm a woman of action - Epic 50177 * 1975
Doing the best I can pt . 1 / pt. 2 - Westend 1213 * 1978
Right in the middle (of falling in love) / You've seen one you've seen 'em all - Motown 1532 * 1982
I can't stop / Either way we lose - Motown 1614 * 1614 * 1982
Trance dance pt. 1 / pt. 2 - Street King
Easier to say (than do) has never been issued in the States. It was first issued on a UK Charly EP, catalog number 107, in 1980, with Take another piece of my heart and Let me down easy
source: Shades of Soul , issue 19. May 1990, compiled by Trevor Swaine, Davie Gordon and Derek Pearson.
Tell Me A Lie - Motown 12166 * 1982: Right in the middle / Tell me a lie / Suspicions / I heard it through the grapevine / I like it like that / Before I even knew your name (I needed you) / If I were your woman / Either way we lose / I can't stop / You've seen one you've seen 'em all
I'm In Love - Charly (UK) 1059 * 1985 (60's compilation): He made a woman out of me / Nearer to you / Do your duty / Take another piece of my heart / Games people play / I'm in love / My train's coming in / At the mercy of a man / Love's made a fool out of me / Let me down easy / Easier to say (than do) / We got to slip around.
I'm in love and We got to slip around were previously unreleased Silver Fox recordings.
The Charly compilation was reissued as a CD with bonus tracks re-titled "Nearer to you".
A recent e-mail message mentioned Happiness will cost you one thin dime on Scepter 12103, which I have never heard and is not listed on the Shades of Soul discography. The catalog number says it's from 1965 (as you will also be able to find out once my label profile listings reach the letter S, sometime in the next millennium).
Betty(e) LaVette was born in 1946 as Betty Haskin, in Muskegon, Michigan. Of the 24 singles on various labels in the 60's and 70's, several are considered classics by northern and deep soul fans alike. Definitely a singles artists, her first and only non-compilation LP was released in 1982. In 1972 there was an 'almost' LP, produced by Brad Shapiro, recorded at Muscle Shoals Studio, but canned by Atco.
Her biggest hit chartwise was her first release, My man he's a lovin' man, which reached #7 on the Billboard R&B charts (and #101 pop - the closest she ever got to the pop hot 100). Let me down easy was her only other R&B top 20 hit - peaking just at number 20, and #103 pop. Two of the three Silver Fox 45's made the R&B charts - He made a woman out of me at #25 and Do your duty at #38. the 1975 Epic release Thank you for loving me barely made the R&B charts at #94, and her last hit was the first Motown 45 in 1982, Thank you for loving me, which reached #35, and that magic number #103 again on the pop charts. However, Bettye's position within the real-soul world is much higher than her chart history would suggest, and she remains a revered figure among soul fans. Bettye is still performing these days and from what I hear, her performance is as awesome as it ever was.
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