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Posted on August 19, 2001

Betty Everett

Performed “The Shoop Shoop Song”


Singer Betty Everett, who scored a Top 10 hit in March 1964 with “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss),” was found dead in her Beloit, Wisconsin, home on Sunday by family members. She was 61.

Born November 23, 1939, in Greenwood, Mississippi, Everett started her musical career at age 9 when she began playing the piano and singing gospel songs in church.

Moving to Chicago in 1957, Everett recorded songs on several local Chicago labels, including Cobra and OneDerful in the late 1950s and early ’60s, releasing such regional hits as “I’ve Got a Claim on You” and “I’ll Be There.”

Signed to a contract in the early 1960s with Vee-Jay Records, Everett’s single “You’re No Good” landed on the charts in late 1963. Over a decade later, in 1975, singer Linda Ronstadt took the song to No. 1.

“The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss),” recorded and released in early spring of 1964, quickly climbed to the No. 6 spot on Billboard’s Top 10 chart and is perhaps Everett’s best-remembered song. An updated version of the song, sung by Cher on the soundtrack of the film “Mermaids,” also became a hit in 1990.

In September of 1964, Everett joined with singer Jerry Butler to produce “Let It Be Me,” a single that reached the No. 5 spot on the charts.

After Vee-Jay Records folded in 1967, Everett scored a second Top 40 hit on Uni label in 1969 with “There’ll Come A Time.”

She had five more entries in the Soul Music charts, on both the Uni and Fantasy labels, by 1971.

Everett received the BMI Pop Award in 1964 and 1991, as well as the BMI R&B Award in 1964.

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