By Bettye LaVette
The singer's autobiography charts one ignored likelihood and blown chance after one other so that it will belated renown forty years into her profession. Born Betty Haskins in Michigan, she was once a highschool dropout, married and a mom via the age of 15, and ran wild in the course of the Motor urban golf equipment. Rechristened Bettye LaVette, she dove into the track scene, notching a top-10 nationwide R & B hit on Atlantic in 1962. whereas she reached the head forty numerous extra occasions in the course of the early '80s, LaVette by no means skilled sustained luck. Her latter-day albums for the autonomous label Anti- eventually introduced her the viewers she coveted. Her personal recounting indicates she was once the sufferer of her personal monumentally faulty judgment. She indulged heartily in alcohol, cocaine, marijuana and sex--she counted Otis Redding, Solomon Burke and Jackie Wilson between her many paramours, sustained a decades-long affair with checklist exec Clarence Paul, had a long term lady lover and labored on and off as a prostitute. & nbsp;Read more...
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He had a calm and quiet aura. indd 42 7/26/12 3:14 AM A W o m a n L ı• k e M e When you were with Clarence, he gave you his all. He looked at you, listened to you, felt you. He loved your company and you loved his. He had warmth I couldn’t resist. Out of all of his many extramarital affairs, I’m proud to say that ours lasted the longest. It took me damn near forever to get over him. This night of nights, when “Bacon Fat” drew me to Clarence, happened in 1963, the same year as Stevie’s first number-one hit, “Fingertips,” written by Clarence and Hank Cosby.
To make his point, he grabbed that 78 record, threw it on the floor, and smashed it to bits. Mama didn’t protest; she simply ran back out to Elma and Carl’s and bought another copy. When she defiantly put it on the turntable and cranked up the volume, Daddy repeated his recordsmashing routine. Mama didn’t lose a beat. indd 29 N 7/26/12 3:14 AM B e t t y e L a Ve t t e in a flash, and when she returned, she had a fresh copy of Clyde’s masterpiece in hand. This time when Daddy destroyed it, Mama minded even less.
His jewelry was tasteful, a vintage Rolex watch, a set of discreet gold cuff links. He was cultivated. He was a reader. You never saw Ted without a history or psychology book. Rarely did you hear him curse. I later learned that he was admired and envied by his colleagues for his ability to attract women. What he had in abundance— and what they lacked—was class. indd 44 7/26/12 3:14 AM A W o m a n L ı• k e M e some, but it was his aura of intelligence and cool composure that made the ladies want to turn tricks for him.
A woman like me by Bettye LaVette