Bettye Swann

Bettye Swann

Real Name:
Betty Jean Champion
Profile:
Best known for her 1967 R&B chart-topper "Make Me Yours," Southern soul chanteuse Bettye Swann was born Betty Jean Champion in Shreveport, Louisiana on October 24, 1944.

She first surfaced during the early 1960s as a member of the Fawns before mounting a solo career in 1964 with the Carolyn Franklin-penned "Don't Wait Too Long," the first of a series of Arthur Wright-produced singles for the independent Los Angeles label Money. "The Man That Said No" and "The Heartache Is Gone" followed in 1965, and two years later, Swann returned with the gorgeous "Make Me Yours," which also served as the title for her first full-length LP. 1967 saw the release of three more Money singles -- "Fall in Love With Me," "Don't Look Back," and "I Think I'm Falling in Love" -- while the next year heralded a leap to major label Capitol for "My Heart Is Closed for the Season." The follow-up, "Don't Touch Me," was the first single released from Swann's second long-player, The Soul View Now; Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me? followed in 1969, highlighted by the minor hit "Little Things Mean a Lot." After a one-off single for Fame, 1971's "I'm Just Living a Lie," Swann landed at Atlantic; her label debut, "Victim of a Foolish Heart," cracked the R&B Top 20 in 1972, and was revived over three decades later by blue-eyed soul upstart Joss Stone. Her next Atlantic effort, "I'd Rather Go Blind," was notable in large part for its B-side, a reading of Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again," that proved Swann a superb interpreter of country-soul -- 1973's "Yours Until Tomorrow" was backed by another Nashville cover, this time Tammy Wynette's "Til I Get It Right." In 1974, she made a return to the lower rungs of the Billboard Hot 100 with "The Boy Next Door" -- the flip side, "Kiss My Love Goodbye," found Swann operating firmly in Philly soul territory, its slick, urbane production courtesy of the Young Professionals team of LeBaron Taylor, Phil Hurtt, and Tony Bell. With 1975's "All the Way In or All the Way Out" she again enjoyed minor chart success, but subsequent recording sessions are undocumented, and Swann eventually faded from sight.
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Bettye Swann Discography

Albums

Bettye Swann Make Me Yours (Album) Money Records (2) US 1967 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann The Soul View Now! (Album) Capitol Records US 1969 Sell This Version
ST-270 Bettye Swann Don't You Ever Get Tired Of Hurting Me?(LP) Capitol Records ST-270 US 1969 Sell This Version
7243 866408 2 6, 8 66408 2 Bettye Swann Bettye Swann(CD, Album, Copy Prot.) Honest Jon's Records, Capitol Records 7243 866408 2 6, 8 66408 2 Europe 2004 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Bettye Swann Don't Wait Too Long Money Records (2) US 1965 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann The Man That Said No / What Can It Be (Single) Money Records (2) US 1965 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann The Heartache Is Gone / Our Love Money Records (2) US 1966 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann I Think I'm Falling In Love / Don't Take My Mind (Single) Money Records (2) US 1967 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Fall In Love With Me / Lonely Love (Single) Money Records (2) US 1967 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Make Me Yours (Single) Money Records (2) US 1967 Sell This Version
135 Bettye Swann Don't Look Back / You Gave Me Love(7", Single) Money Records (2) 135 US 1967 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann I'm Lonely For You / (My Heart Is) Closed For The Season (Single) Capitol Records Canada 1968 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me) / Wille & Laura Mae Jones Capitol Records US 1969 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Don't Touch Me (Single) Capitol Records US 1968 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Angel Of The Morning (Single) Capitol Records US 1969 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Little Things Mean A Lot (Single) Capitol Records Canada 1970 Sell This Version
2850 Bettye Swan* Ain't That Peculiar / Don't Let It Happen To Us(7") Capitol Records 2850 US 1970 Sell This Version
1479 Bettye Swann I'm Just Living A Lie(7", Single) Fame (3) 1479 US 1971 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Victim Of A Foolish Heart / Cold Day (In Hell) Atlantic UK 1972 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Today I Started Loving You Again / I'd Rather Go Blind (Single) Atlantic US 1972 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Don't Wait Too Long / I Can't Stop Loving You (Single) Abet US 1973 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Till I Get It Right / Yours Until Tomorrow Atlantic US 1973 Sell This Version
Betty Swann* Fall In Love With Me / I Think I'm Falling In Love (Single) Abet US 1974 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Fall In Love With Me / The Heartache Is Gone (Single) Abet US 1974 Sell This Version
Bettye Swann Time To Say Goodbye (Single) Atlantic US 1974 Sell This Version