Soul Icon Betty Wright Has A 1970s Flashback

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Singer Betty Wright. (Diana Levine)
Singer Betty Wright. (Diana Levine)

If you weren't around to hear Betty Wright's 1970s hit "Girls Can't Do What The Guys Do," you may recognize the song from singer Beyonce's sample of it in the song "Upgrade U."

Aside from being sampled by many artists today, Wright looks back on an illustrious career- she toured with Bob Marley and James Brown, and she discovered British singer Joss Stone and taught J. Lo how to sing. Wright is out with her first solo album in a decade, called "Betty Wright The Movie," and it's a bit of a flashback to the 70s.

On her new album she features the Roots, Snoop Dogg and Lil Wayne, and she sings about topics from domestic violence to the practice of sampling music.

Sampling-- An Art Form?

Wright has mixed emotions about artists using sampling.

"When it started out I hated it because they were going to the bank without me, and so after the legislature got a little more in order I realized we could all benefit from it," she told Here & Now's Robin Young.

Wright says that she came to see the artistry in sampling, but she still has concerns.

"They're turning it into an art form but they're missing the actual picking up a guitar and the feel of the instrument. And putting their hands on a piano, they're going to miss that. So I'm just encouraging them to not only sample but to try writing," she said.


This segment aired on January 12, 2012.


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