By Bettye LaVette
The singer's autobiography charts one overlooked likelihood and blown chance after one other so that it will belated renown forty years into her occupation. Born Betty Haskins in Michigan, she used to be a highschool dropout, married and a mom through the age of 15, and ran wild throughout the Motor urban golf equipment. Rechristened Bettye LaVette, she dove into the song scene, notching a top-10 nationwide R & B hit on Atlantic in 1962. whereas she reached the head forty a number of extra instances in the course of the early '80s, LaVette by no means skilled sustained luck. Her latter-day albums for the autonomous label Anti- ultimately introduced her the viewers she coveted. Her personal recounting indicates she used to be the sufferer of her personal monumentally erroneous 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 woman lover and labored on and off as a prostitute. & nbsp;Read more...
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It’s a mixed bag. But there are a few who demand a chapter of their own. The first of those is Clarence Paul. I loved Clarence, adored Clarence, worshipped, pursued, and pushed my relationship with Clarence to the absolute limit. I did everything in my power to make Clarence Paul my man and, at the end of the day, he never was. I was merely one of his ladies. He thought I was cute. He liked the way I sang. I made him smile and laugh. He appreciated my fire. But I was the sideshow, never the main attraction.
When Robert West went to New York to hook up with Herman Griffin, I thought that problem would be solved. Mr. West would meet with Jerry Wexler to see whether Atlantic was serious figure about promoting me. If not, Mr. West would find another major label for me, just as Herman had found 20th Century Fox for Mary. Mr. West was also putting together a tour. All my hopes were on him. indd 50 7/26/12 3:14 AM A W o m a n L ı• k e M e wear on that tour. I was at her house for a fitting when the call came: her husband, Robert, had been shot.
It became a tradition. I was surrounded by love notes and good wishes, happy memories of happy encounters. Of all of them, none was more satisfying than my time with Clarence. The way Marrie Early deeply loved men, Clarence deeply loved women. Of course, sex was a major ingredient, but it was more than that. Unlike a lot of guys who ran off at the mouth, Clarence was a man of few words. 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.