*Singer Betty Everett (1939 – 2001), best known for her 1963 hit “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss),” is probably one of the most covered R&B female artists of all time.

I’ll show you a list in a minute, but let’s just start by saying “You’re No Good” which was covered by Linda Ronstadt in the early ‘70’s was first recorded by Everett back in ’63 as well. This all came to mind as I was searching for one of my favorite songs that Everett recorded in ’63 (had to be a busy year for her at Vee-Jay Records) called “Can I get To Know You” that I finally found on YouTube. That song too was covered by The Turtles in 1966.

In addition to her popularity for “Shoop,” Everett is also remembered for her duet with legend Jerry Butler on “Let It Be Me.” That was a cover of The Everly Brothers song. I guess everybody was covering everybody back in those days. That’s what happens when you write great endurable/sustainable lyrics and memorable melodies. Says a lot for Everett’s songwriters.

Betty Everett & Jerry Butler

You can learn more about Ms. Everett on Wikipedia. Following is a list of her songs that have been covered (provided by Wikipedia):

Cover Versions

Several of Betty Everett’s tunes have been covered by other artists, in Pop, Rock, and R&B, including the following:

It’s In His Kiss (The Shoop Shoop Song) — Cher, Kate Taylor, Sandie Shaw, Helen Shiparo, Aretha Franklin, The Nylons, Kate Taylor featuring James Taylor, Linda Lewis, Vonda Shepard, Bootleg Family Band, The Searchers, The Hollies (as “It’s in Her Kiss), Clifters

I Can’t Hear You No More — Dusty Springfield, Helen Reddy, Lulu

Chained To A Memory (bside of Getting Mighty Crowded) — Dusty Springfield, Samantha Jones, Cynthia Schloss

You’re No Good — Linda Ronstadt, Van Halen, Aswad, Michael Bolton as Michael Bolotin, Ellie Campbell, Elvis Costello, Dusty Springfield, Frankie Rose and the Outs, Jose Feliciano, Keith Hampshire, Jill Johnson, Lulu, Reba McEntire, The Muppets, Rosie & The Originals, Floortje Smit, Ike and Tina Turner, Van Halen (on Van Halen II) and Wild Orchid. And the band Pot Liquor, Wilson Phillips

Flashback to 1964 with Betty Everett’s classic “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)”: