Betty Everett, the soul singer who gained fame for her Top 10 recording of “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s in His Kiss)” in 1964, died Aug. 19 of natural causes at her Beloit, Wis., home. She was 61.
A native of Greenwood, Miss., Ev-erett spent her childhood playing the piano and singing with her church choir. In 1957, she moved to Chicago and began a recording career with the C.J. Cobra and OneDerful labels.
She went on to sign with the Vee-Jay label whose clients also included the Beatles. In 1963, Everett’s rendition of “You’re No Good” went on to be remade by Linda Lewis and Linda Ronstadt.
“The Shoop Shoop Song” was later recorded by Cher for the 1990 film “Mermaids” and by Vonda Shepard for “Ally McBeal.”