DISCOGRAPHY

 

 

Singles 

 

My Man - He's a Lovin' Man / Shut Your Mouth
Atlantic 2160 - 1962 (No 7 R&B, No 101 Pop)

You'll Never Change / Here I Am
Atlantic 2198 - 1963

Witchcraft in the Air / You Killed the Love
LuPine 123 - 1963

Let Me Down Easy / What I Don't Know (Won't Hurt Me)
Calla 102 - 1965 (No 20 R&B, No 103 Pop)

I Feel Good All Over / Only Your Love Can Save Me
Calla 104 - 1965

I'm Just a Fool For You / Stand Up Like a Man
Calla 106 - 1966

I'm Holding On / Tears in Vain
Big Wheel 1969 - 1966

Almost / Love Makes The World Go Round (instrumental)
Karen 1540 - 1968

Get Away / What Condition My Condition Is In
Karen 1544 - 1968

A Little Help From My Friends / Hey Love
Karen 1545 - 1969

Let Me Down Easy / Ticket to the Moon
Karen 1548 - 1969

He Made a Woman Out Of Me / Nearer To You
Silver Fox 17 - 1969 (No 25 R&B)

Do Your Duty / Love's Made a Fool Out of Me
Silver Fox 21 - 1970 (No 38 R&B)

Games People Play / My Train's Comin' In
Silver Fox 24 - 1970

Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart / At The Mercy Of A Man
SSS International 839 - 1970

He Made A Woman Out Of Me / My Train's Coming In
SSS International 933 - 1970

Never My Love / Stormy
TCA 001 - 1971

Heart of Gold / You'll Wake Up Wiser
Atco 6891 - 1972

Your Turn to Cry / Soul Tambourine
Atco 6913 - 1973

Thank You For Loving Me / You Made a Believer Out of Me
Epic 50143- 1975 (No 94 R&B)

Behind Closed Doors / You're a Man of Words, I'm a Woman of Action
Epic 50177 - 1975

Doin' the Best That I Can Pt.1 / Doin' the Best That I Can Pt. 2
West End 1213 - 1978

Doin' The Best That I Can (Special New Mix) / Doin' The Best That I Can (Re-Mix)
Mixes by Walter Gibbons 
West End 22113-X - 1978 (12" single)

Right in the Middle (of Falling in Love) / You Seen One You Seen 'Em All 
Motown 1532 - 1982 (No 35 R&B)

I Can't Stop / Either Way We Lose 
Motown 1614 - 1982

Trance Dance Pt.1 / Trance Dance Pt. 2
Street King 1122 - 1984 (12" single)

The Rhythm & The Blues/Have You Tried Jesus / The Rhythm & The Blues
This 45 is from a musical that Bettye appeared in. 
Bettye is featured vocalist on Have You Tried Jesus
Get Down 5484 - 1984

Surrender / Time Won't Change This Love
MotorCity 39 - 1990 (12" single - UK)

Good Luck / Good Luck (Instrumental)
MotorCity 83 - 1991 (12" single - UK)

Damn Your Eyes / Out Cold 
Bar None - 1997 (Cassette only single)

Yours And Mine / Serendipity - The Dynamites
Track: Yours And Mine (duet with Charles Walker)
Outta Sight Records - 2012



CDs and LPs

Tell Me A Lie   Motown - 1982 (LP)   Reel Music - 2008 (CD)
Right In The Middle / Either Way We Lose / Suspicions / You Seen One You Seen 'em All / I Heard It Through The Grapevine / Tell Me A Lie / I Like It Like That / Before I Even Knew Your Name (I Needed You) / I Can't Stop / If I Were Your Woman

Nearer To You: The SSS Recordings  
Charly UK - 1990 (Import CD)  Snapper UK - 2012 (Import CD)
He Made A Woman Out Of Me / Nearer To You / Do Your Duty / Love's Made A Fool Of Me / My Train's Coming In / Games People Play / At The Mercy Of A Man / Piece Of My Heart / Let's Go, Lets Go, Let's Go (w/Hank Ballard) / Hello Sunshine (w/Hank Ballard) / We Got To Slip Around / Easier To Say Than Do / Let Me Down Easy (Calla) / I’m In Love / Feelings (unreleased TCA) / Living On A Shoestring (unreleased TCA)

Not Gonna Happen Twice   Motor City - 1992 (Import CD)
Not Gonna Happen Twice / Love Caught Me Out / Out Of The Blue / Have A Heart / Right Out Of Time / Too Great A Price To Pay / Let Me Down Easy / Good Luck / Jimmy Mack / Time Won't Change This Love / Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead / Surrender 

Living The Nightlife - Various Artists   Kent UK - 1993 (Import CD)
Track: (Happiness Will Cost You) One Thin Dime
Recorded for Scepter Records as a demo in 1964.

Lost Soul - Various Artists   Sony - 1994 (CD)
Track: You're A Man Of Words, I'm A Woman Of Action

The Very Best Of The Motor City Recordings   Motor City - 1996 (CD)
Good Luck / Right Out Of Time / Have A Heart / Jimmy Mack / Let Me Down Easy / Out Of The Blue / Time Won't Change This Love /  Not Gonna Happen Twice / Surrender / Too Great A Price To Pay / I'm Ready For Love / Love Caught Me Out / Danger Heartbreak Dead Ahead / Reach For The Sky

Betty LaVette & Carol Fran Bluesoul Belles The Complete Calla, Port & Roulette
Recordings West Side UK - 1999 (Import CD)  Emd Int'l - 2005 (Import CD)
Betty LaVette Calla tracks:
Let Me Down Easy / Only Your Love Can Save Me / Stand Up Like A Man / What I Don't Know (Won't Hurt Me) / Cry Me A River (Take 1) / She Don't Love You Like I Love You (Take 5) / I Feel Good All Over (Take 1) / I'm Just A Fool For You (Take 2)

Let Me Down Easy In Concert   Munich - 2000 (Import CD)
My Man / Damn Your Eyes / Right In The Middle / You'll Never Change / Almost / Your Turn To Cry / He Made A Woman Out Of Me / Let Me Down Easy

Souvenirs   Art & Soul - 2000 (Import CD)
It Ain't Easy / Fortune Teller / Our Own Love Song / Soul Tambourine / Your Turn To Cry / Ain't Nothing Gonna Change Me / All The Black And White Children / If I Can't Be Your Woman / Outside Woman / The Stealer / My Love Is Showing / Souvenirs / Heart Of Gold / You'll Wake Up Wiser / My Man - He's A Lovin' Man / Shut Your Mouth / You'll Never Change / Here I Am

A Woman Like Me   Blues Express - 2003 (CD)
W. C. Handy Award Winner for Best Comeback CD
Serves Him Right / The Forecast / Thru The Winter / Right Next Door / When The Blues Catch Up To You / Thinkin' Bout You / A Woman Like Me / It Ain't Worth It After Awhile / When A Woman's Had Enough / Salt On My Wounds / Close As I'll Get To Heaven / Hey, Hey Baby (Bettye's Blues)

Vanthology - A Tribute To Van Morrison - Various Artists  Evidence - 2003 (CD)
Track: Real Real Gone

Remembering Roots Of Soul, Vol. 2: Birth Of Motor Town - Various Artists
RPM/Shout UK - 2004 (Import CD)
Tracks: Witchcraft In The Air / You Killed The Love

I've Got My Own Hell To Raise   ANTI-  2005 (CD) DBK Works - 2005 (LP)
I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got / Joy / Down To Zero / The High Road / On The Surface / Just Say So / Little Sparrow / How Am I Different / Only Time Will Tell / Sleep To Dream

Get In The Groove - Live  - Various Artists   Norton - 2005 (CD)
Tracks: Night Time is the Right Time / Tailfeather Finale

Dirty Laundry The Soul Of Black Country - Various Artists
Trikont - 2005 (Import CD) Trikont - 2009 (Import Vinyl)
Track: What Condition My Condition Is In

Take Another Little Piece Of My Heart
Varese Sarabande - 2006 (CD)
At The Mercy Of A Man / Do Your Duty / Easier To Say Than Do / Games People Play / He Made A Woman Out Of Me / I’m In Love /  Hello Sunshine (w/Hank Ballard) / Love Made A Fool Of Me / My Train’s Comin’ In / Nearer To You / We Got To Slip Around / Piece Of My Heart / Let's Go, Lets Go, Let's Go (w/Hank Ballard)

Child Of The Seventies The Complete Atlantic/Atco Recordings
Rhino Handmade  - 2006 (CD)
It Ain't Easy (LP Version) / If I Can't Be Your Woman (LP Version) / Fortune Teller (LP Version) / Your Turn to Cry (Single Version) / Soul Tambourine (Single Version) / All The Black And White Children (LP Version) / Our Own Love Song (LP Version) / Ain't Nothing Gonna Change Me (LP Version) / Outside Woman (LP Version) / The Stealer (LP Version) / My Love Is Showing (LP Version) / Souvenirs (LP Version) / Waiting For Tomorrow (Previously Unreleased) / Livin' Life On A Shoestring (Previously Unreleased) / Your Turn to Cry (Mono Single Version) / Soul Tambourine (Mono Single Version) / Heart Of Gold (Single Version) / You'll Wake Up Wiser (Single Version) / Here I Am (Single Version) / You'll Never Change (Single Version) / My Man- He’s A Lovin' Man (Single Version) / Shut Your Mouth (Single Version)

Do Your Duty: The Complete Silver Fox Recordings
Sundazed - 2006 (LP) Sundazed - 2009 (CD)
My Train’s Comin’ In / Do Your Duty / Love Made A Fool Of Me / At The Mercy Of A Man / Piece Of My Heart / Easier To Say Than Do /  He Made A Woman Out Of Me / Nearer To You / We Got To Slip Around / I’m In Love / Games People Play

What's Going On - The Dirty Dozen Brass Band  Shout! Factory - 2006 (CD)
Track: What's Happening Brother

Song Of America - Various Artists   Thirty Tigers - 2007 (CD)
Track: Streets Of Philadelphia

The Scene Of The Crime   ANTI-  2007 (CD) ANTI- 2007 (LP)
Grammy Award Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album
Still Want To Be Your Baby (Take Me Like I Am) / Choices / Jealousy / You Don't Know Me At All / Somebody Pick Up My Pieces / They Call It Love / The Last Time / Talking Old Soldiers / Before The Money Came (The Battle Of Bettye LaVette) / I Guess We Shouldn’t Talk About That Now

The Lost Soul Gems - Various Artists
Sony Music Japan - 2008 (Import CD)
Tracks: You Made A Believer Out Of Me / You're A Man Of Words, I'm A Woman Of Action

Change Is Gonna Come Sessions   ANTI-  2009 (Download only EP)
Change Is Gonna Come / 'Round Midnight / God Bless The Child / Lush Life / Ain't No Sunshine / Ain't That Lovin' You Baby

By The People: For The People 
A Soundtrack Inspired By The Election Of Barack Obama - Various Artists  
Proceeds to United Way   2010 (Download from Itunes only)
Track: A Change Is Gonna Come (live duet w/ Jon Bon Jovi)

Live From The Artist's Den: Season 2  
Artists Den - 2010 (Download from Itunes only)
Track: Jealousy (with Drive-By Truckers)

Interpretations: The British Rock Songbook   ANTI-  2010 (CD) (Import LP)
Grammy Award Nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album
The Word / No Time To Live / Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood / All My Love / Isn't It A Pity / Wish You Were Here / It Don't Come Easy / Maybe I'm Amazed / Salt Of The Earth / Nights In White Satin / Why Does Love Got To Be So Sad / Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me / Love Reign O'er Me (Live)

Walter Gibbons - Jungle Music - Mixed With Love: Essential & Unreleased 
Remixes 1976-1986 - Various Artists    Strut  2010 (CD)
Track: Doin' The Best That I Can (Walter Gibbons 12" Mix)

The 30th Annual John Lennon Tribute Live From The Beacon Theatre NYC 
Various Artists   Theatre Within - 2011 (Download only)
Track: The Word

Dedicated: A Salute To The 5 Royales - Steve Cropper   429 Records - 2011 (CD)
Tracks: Don't Be Ashamed (duet with Willie Jones) / Say It

Chimes Of Freedom: The Songs Of Bob Dylan 
Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International - Various Artists
Amnesty International - 2012 (CD)
Track: Most Of The Time (clean edit)

Will Porter - Will Porter 2012 (CD)
Track: Make You Feel My Love (duet with Will Porter)

Thankful N' Thoughtful  ANTI-  2012 (CD) (Double LP run at 45 RPM)
Everything Is Broken / I'm Not The One / Dirty Old Town / The More I Search (The More I Die) / I'm Tired / Crazy /  Yesterday Is Here / Thankful N' Thoughtful / Fair Enough / Time Will Do The Talking / Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere / Dirty Old Town (slow version) 

Thankful N' Thoughtful - Deluxe Version ANTI- 2012 (Download Only)
Same as above with 3 bonus tracks
Old / Welcome To The Good Times / Whole Lotta Lonely 

More Thankful, More Thoughtful (Limited Edition) ANTI- 2012 (CD)
Long Time / Welcome To The Good Times / Old / Save Some Time To Dream / Whole Lotta Lonely

Unreleased Tracks

Baby Doll  Big Wheel  1966
Light My Fire  Karen 1968
Close To You  TCA 1971
Stormy (long version) TCA 1971
Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head  TCA 1971
No Way To End A Love Affair  TCA 1978
Dancing In The Streets  TCA  1978
Bend A Little  TCA 1978
Tell Me A Lie (original) 1978
Losing Your Love   1978
Brickyard Blues  2006
Instant Karma  ANTI- 2009


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