February 21, 2012

Betty Harris - career boost from the Northern Soul revival.

Since we're in the middle of Mardi Gras, I thought I would toss in my two cents by posting the incomparable Betty Harris who recorded extensively for Allan Toussaint's Sansu Records out of New Orleans in the 1960's.

She scored three huge hits during that decade, probably the most notable was her version of Solomon Burke's hit Cry To Me, which she recorded for Jubilee Records in 1963.

Tonight it's a track she recorded in 1967 for Sansu, I Can't Last Much Longer,which was a classic of the Northern Soul, or Deep Soul genre and by all intents and purposes should have been a huge hit for her. But no.

Although she didn't achieve a lot of chart success with her later efforst, her records have become collectors items and it was the Northern Soul revival in 2000 that once again brought Betty Harris back in the limelight where she has been recording and touring ever since.

Some stories do have happy endings.

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