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Betty Wright, Grammy-winning soul and R&B singer, dies at 66

Wright became famous for her 1971 hit single “Clean Up Woman," which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.

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Rhythm and blues and soul singer Betty Wright has died. She was 66.

Wright died from cancer in her home in Miami on Sunday, according to Billboard. Her niece confirmed the death.

Wright was once Beyonce Knowles' vocal coach, and wrote for musical talents such as Michael Jackson, Gloria Estefan and Jennifer Lopez.

Wright, born Bessie Regina Norris, began singing in a gospel group as a child with her siblings. The group, Echoes of Joy, released their first album when she was just 3 years old.

By the time she was 11 she was singing R&B in local talent shows.

Following the release of her song “Mother Wit,” Wright became the first black female to have a gold record on her own label.

Wright became famous for her 1971 hit single “Clean Up Woman," which reached No. 6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.