Betty Everett

The Shoop Shoop Song

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The Shoop Shoop Song Review

by Richie Unterberger

Though sometimes classified as a girl group singer because of the Top Ten success of "The Shoop Shoop Song," Betty Everett's main thrust was much more in the R&B/soul vein. This excellent 25-track anthology of her 1963-1965 material shows her facility with various soul, R&B, and pop styles. She had three other minor hits -- the original hit version of "You're No Good," the energetic Goffin/King pop/rocker "I Can't Hear You," and Van McCoy's soulful "Gettin' Mighty Crowded" -- all of which are featured here. But most of the other material is equally enjoyable, including other early efforts by McCoy, Valerie Simpson, and Nick Ashford, and even P.F. Sloan (whose "Can I Get to Know You" is presented in a much earthier, slower version here than the Turtles' rendition several years later). This CD doesn't include her hit duets with fellow Chicago soulster Jerry Butler, but is a consistently enjoyable retrospective of an underrated singer who straddled the soul and pop worlds.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Betty Everett 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
2 Betty Everett 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
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Betty Everett 02:21 SpotifyAmazon
4 Betty Everett 02:00 SpotifyAmazon
5 Betty Everett 02:20 SpotifyAmazon
6 Betty Everett 03:00 SpotifyAmazon
7 Betty Everett 02:50 SpotifyAmazon
8 Betty Everett 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
9 Betty Everett 02:12 SpotifyAmazon
10 Betty Everett 02:31 SpotifyAmazon
11 Betty Everett 02:27 SpotifyAmazon
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Betty Everett 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
13 Betty Everett 02:14 SpotifyAmazon
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Betty Everett 02:02 SpotifyAmazon
15 Betty Everett 02:35
16 Betty Everett 02:08 SpotifyAmazon
17 Betty Everett 02:34 SpotifyAmazon
18 Betty Everett 02:33 SpotifyAmazon
19 Betty Everett 02:04 SpotifyAmazon
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Betty Everett 02:40 SpotifyAmazon
21 Betty Everett 02:10 SpotifyAmazon
22 Betty Everett 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
23 Betty Everett 02:47 SpotifyAmazon
24 Betty Everett 02:09 SpotifyAmazon
25 Betty Everett 02:23 SpotifyAmazon
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