Jazz and blues singer, or should I say entertainer, Bettye Lavatte has written a memoir, not to mention recorded a new album, and she could not have been more frank or open.
In her first memoir Lavette, who allegedly became pregnant at age 14, first married at age 15 and was the recipient of a hit record at age 16, discusses her struggles with drugs and alcohol.
Not only did she speak honestly about her drug and alcohol habit, she opened up about spending all her money and prostituting herself, being a victim of domestic violence, and the time a significant other nearly dropped her from the roof a 20-story Manhattan building.
Despite all that I informed you of and all of the other egregious things she suffered in her life, the 66 year old seems stronger than ever, sans her “great love” marijuana.
In an interview with CNN, not to mention in her book, Lavette speaks in detail about her tenure in the entertainment industry, not to mention her love affair with singing and drugs, and how she returned to singing from destitution.
If you have ever heard Lavette sing, particularly Love Rain O’er Me, you know that she has a powerful and sensational raspy, falsetto voice perfect for depicting the pain of jazz and blues music.
The sound of her voice conveys so much, particularly the pain that she has no doubt experienced as a result of drinking alcohol and consuming drugs.
At one point in her life, she would drink a bottle of champagne a day. Other times she consumed cocaine and heroin, and absolutely loved smoking marijuana.
Meanwhile, she mentioned times when family members would arrive at her house with corn whiskey.
In her interview with CNN she informs readers that smoking marijuana made her throat dry, which distorted her voice and prevented her from singing. As she loves to sing, and has sang for everyone from President Obama to Barbara Streisand and even The Who and others, she realized she had to give up marijuana because she loved singing too much.
And then there was the impact drugs had on her life. Lavette informed readers and fans alike that “heroin makes you look so ugly…..cocaine impairs your voice.”
There you have it singers and beauty queens out there, do not use heroin or cocaine.
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Original Article URL: cnn.com
Photo Courtesy of: bettyelavette.com