Betty Davis: ‘Godmother of Funk’ dies aged 77

Born and raised as Betty Mabry in North Carolina, Davis became a mainstay on the 1960s New York music scene, with tracks like Get Ready for Betty. Her 1967 song Uptown (to Harlem), which she wrote for the Chambers Brothers, recently re-emerged in Questlove’s Oscar-nominated documentary, Summer of Soul.

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