Betty Wright, the Grammy-winning soul and R&B singer, best known for her Top 10 US hit Clean Up Woman, Tonight is the Night and No Pain (No Gain), has died at the age of 66. Billboard reports that Wright passed away at her home in Miami, Florida from cancer.

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Fellow singer Chaka Khan had asked her social media followers to pray for Wright last week.

An influence on such singers as Beyoncé, Mary J Blige and Joss Stone, Wright was born Bessie Regina Norris on December 21, 1953 in Miami. 

She began her career as a child, singing gospel with her family in Echoes of Joy. Under her stage name Betty Wright she found stardom as a teenager with Clean Up Woman in 1971. She went on to win a Grammy for the track Where Is the Love? from her 1974 album Danger High Voltage

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Along with her solo career, Wright was a celebrated backing singer, performing on albums by Stevie Wonder, Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Lopez, Erykah Badu, Joss Stone, Paloma Faith and many more. She was also a much-sampled artist and a producer of other acts.

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