Betty Wright

Johnny’s Record Shop held weekly radio contests that awarded correct answers to music trivia with free copies of Deep City singles. One afternoon, a 12-year-old Betty Wright showed up to claim her prize. It would be the beginning of the label’s final chapter. Billy Stewart's “Summertime” was spinning in the shop, and Wright wasted no time getting the attention of the boys in the back. Note for note, her powerful register dismantled the song, leaving no doubt about who would be recording the next Deep City single. Recorded in the summer of 1967 “Good Lovin’” b/w “Paralyzed” is perhaps the most fully realized record on the label. Backed by Wright’s older sister Jeanette and Helene Smith, the songs are in a league all their own.

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