Betty Carter

Born 16 May 1929. Died 26 September 1998
Betty Carter
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1929-05-16
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Betty Carter

Betty Carter Biography (BBC)

To many critics and fans, Betty Carter was the finest jazz singer of the late 20th century. She was a relentless experimenter, always thinking of ways to alter the melodic line, the pitch or harmonic structure of a song, and equally adept at her interpretation of lyrics.

Sometimes the effects were startling - she could make old standards sound unrecognisable - but as her career progressed it was obvious that she was applying the same daring level of experimentation of Cecil Taylor of Ornette Coleman to the art of vocal jazz. The first major jazz musician to appreciate her talents was Lionel Hampton, with whom she toured in the late 1940s, and who coined her stage name (she was born Lillie Mae Jones).

She raised a family in the 1950s and 1960s , but in between had moments of commercial success, including discs with Ray Charles, but her career really took off in the 1970s when she began touring with her own trio and recording for her own Bet-Car label. She founded the label in order to be able to record her uncompromising interpretations without the pressure of working for a commercial label.

For almost three decades she became regarded as one of jazz's leading talent-spotters, employing a host of fine accompanists including Marc Cary, Cyrus Chestnut, Benny Green, and Peter Martin. All these musicians benefited from her energetic exploration of new sounds, and her prolific flow of ideas. Not every Betty Carter performance was a success, but most could be guaranteed to be challenging and thought-provoking at a level managed by very few other singers in the entire history of jazz.

Betty Carter Biography (Wikipedia)

Betty Carter (born Lillie Mae Jones; May 16, 1929 – September 26, 1998) was an American jazz singer known for her improvisational technique, scatting and other complex musical abilities that demonstrated her vocal talent and imaginative interpretation of lyrics and melodies. Vocalist Carmen McRae once remarked: "There's really only one jazz singer—only one: Betty Carter."

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Ray Charles
Baby It's Cold Outside
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Baby It's Cold Outside
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Open The Door
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Open The Door
Betty Carter
My Favourite Things
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My Favourite Things
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Why Him
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Why Him
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'Round Midnight
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'Round Midnight
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Moonlight In Vermont
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Moonlight In Vermont
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30 Years
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30 Years
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Sounds (Movin' On)
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Sounds (Movin' On)
Ray Charles
Cocktails For Two
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Cocktails For Two
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The Good Life
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The Good Life
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Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
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Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
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You're Driving Me Crazy
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You're Driving Me Crazy
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You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do)
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You're Driving Me Crazy (What Did I Do)
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When It's Sleepy Tine Down South
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When It's Sleepy Tine Down South
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Sometimes I'm happy
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Sometimes I'm happy
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Al I Got
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Al I Got
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Two Cigarettes In The Dark
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Two Cigarettes In The Dark
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Make Him Believe
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Make Him Believe
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In The Still of The Night
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In The Still of The Night
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If I Should Lose You
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If I Should Lose You
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It Don't Mean A Thing
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It Don't Mean A Thing

It Don't Mean A Thing

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Betty Carter and Carmen McRae
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Open The Door
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Open The Door
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The Trolley Song
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The Trolley Song
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Everything I Have Is Yours
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Everything I Have Is Yours
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I Could Write A Book
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I Could Write A Book
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Tight
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Tight
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You're Driving Me Crazy
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You're Driving Me Crazy
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But Beautiful
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But Beautiful
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Nothing More To Look Forward To
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Nothing More To Look Forward To
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The Trolley Song
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The Trolley Song
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