b. Betty Jean Champion (a.k.a. Betty Barton), 24th October 1944, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.A.
d. 25th January 2023, Los Angeles, California, U.S.A.
Bettye Swann was originally a member of the high school group, the Fawns.
She began a solo career in 1964 releasing 'Don't Wait Too Long' b/w 'What Is My Life Coming To' for the Money Records imprint.
The following year she released the singles 'The Man That Said No' b/w 'What Can It Be' and 'The Heartache Is Gone' b/w 'Our Love'.
make me yours - 1967 / the soul view now - 1969
Her biggest hit was the 1967 single 'Make Me Yours' b/w 'I Will Not Cry', which was the title of the parent album.
The same year she released 'Fall In Love With Me' b/w 'Lonely Love', 'Don't Look Back' b/w 'You Gave Me Love', and 'I Think I'm Falling in Love' b/w 'Don't Take My Mind'.
Bettye then left the Money label and relocated to the Capitol imprint.
There she released 'My Heart Is Closed for the Season' b/w 'I'm Lonely For You'.
don't you ever get tired (of hurting me)? - 1969 / bettye swann - 2004
She released a second album entitled 'The Soul View Now', followed the same year by 'Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me?' b/w 'Willie And Laura Mae Jones' in 1969, which featured 'Little Things Mean a Lot' b/w 'Just Because You Can't Be Mine'.
Bettye released some sides for the Fame imprint in 1971, including 'I'm Just Living a Lie' b/w 'I Can't Let You Break My Heart'.
Bettye then relocated to the Atlantic label, releasing 'Victim of a Foolish Heart' b/w 'Cold Day (In Hell)', which climbed the R&B Top 20 in 1972.
A follow-up single called 'I'd Rather Go Blind' also featured the song 'Today I Started Loving You Again'.
In 1973 she released 'Yours Until Tomorrow', which was flipped with Tammy Wynette's song 'Til I Get It Right'.
The following year she released 'The Boy Next Door' b/w 'Kiss My Love Goodbye'.
1975's 'All the Way In or All the Way Out' b/w 'Doing For The One I Love', proved to be one of her final releases.
1975 saw the duet release with Sam Dees for Big Tree Records, entitled 'Storybook Children' b/w 'Just As Sure' (the latter becoming a sought after rare groove tune).
When her singing career finished, Bettye went on to become a school teacher in Nevada.
Bettye died in January 2023.
Make Me Yours (Money Records 1967)
The Soul View Now! (Money Records 1968)
Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)? (Capitol Records 1969)
Bettye Swann (Capitol Records 2004)