Bettye Swann Bettye Swann
- Words: Julianne Shepherd
- Label: Astralwerks
In the late '60s and early '70s, Bettye Swann reinterpreted country and pop hits in her Louisiana croon, turning such songs as "Stand By Your Man," "Angel of the Morning" and "Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me" into bona fide Southern soul laments. Beyond connecting R&B with country, she drew the connection between the women of country and soul-before the leverage of feminism, both were plagued by the sorrow of bad men and soured love. This compilation is the most complete reissue, and includes the soul side "Today I Started Loving You Again," a bright, brassy Merle Haggard cover drooled after by your local soul.
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