Bettye Swann

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Bettye Swann
Birth nameBetty Jean Champion
Also known asBetty Barton
Born (1944-10-24) October 24, 1944 (age 76)
Shreveport, Louisiana, United States
Years active1964-1980

Betty Barton (born Betty Jean Champion, October 24, 1944), better known by the stage name Bettye Swann, is a retired American soul singer. She is best known for her 1967 hit song "Make Me Yours".


Swann was born in Shreveport, Louisiana, one of 14 children. She grew up in Arcadia, Louisiana, and moved to Los Angeles, California in 1963. Although some sources state that Swann was in a vocal group known as The Fawns who recorded for Money Records in 1964, she has refuted this, saying that she sang with a trio in Arcadia by that name.[1]

In 1964, Swann started a solo singing career, changing her name to Bettye Swann at the prompting of local DJ Al Scott, who became her manager. After a minor hit with the self-penned "Don’t Wait Too Long", her big breakthrough came with "Make Me Yours", which topped the Billboard R&B charts in July 1967 and made #21 on the Billboard Hot 100.[2] In 1968, she split with Scott, moved to Georgia, won a new contract with Capitol Records, and had another hit in 1969 with her cover of the Jeannie Seely hit "Don't Touch Me" (#14 R&B, #38 Hot 100).

In 1972, Swann transferred to Atlantic Records and had a pair of minor hits with "Victim of a Foolish Heart" (later covered by Joss Stone) and Merle Haggard's "Today I Started Loving You Again". After leaving Money Records she lived for a short time in Athens, Georgia.[1] She continued to record until the mid-1970s, but with little commercial success. Her last public performance was in 1980, the year her husband and manager, George Barton, died.[citation needed]

Swann later changed her name to Betty Barton, began working as a teacher in the Las Vegas area, and became a Jehovah's Witness. She is now retired and, according to a 2005 interview, suffers from a degenerative spinal condition.[citation needed]

In 2015, multiple elements from Swann's 1974 recording "Kiss My Love Goodbye" were sampled in the Galantis single "Peanut Butter Jelly".[3]



  • 1967: Make Me Yours (Money)
  • 1969: The Soul View Now (Capitol) - R&B #48
  • 1969: Don't You Ever Get Tired of Hurting Me (Capitol)
  • 1990: Sweet Dreams (Capitol)
  • 2001: The Money Recordings (Kent)
  • 2004: Bettye Swann (Astralwerks/Honest Jon's)
  • 2014: The Complete Atlantic Recordings (Rhino)
  • 2015: The Very Best of Bettye Swann (Kent)


Year Title Chart positions
1964 "Don't Wait Too Long" 131 27
1965 "The Man That Said No"
1966 "The Heartache Is Gone"
1967 "Make Me Yours" 21 1
"Fall in Love with Me" 67 36
1968 "Don't Look Back"
"Don't Take My Mind"
"I'm Lonely For You"
1969 "Don't Touch Me" 38 14
"Angel of the Morning" 109
"Don't You Ever Get Tired (Of Hurting Me)" 102
1970 "Little Things Mean a Lot" 114
"Don't Let It Happen To Us"
1971 "I'm Just Living A Lie"
1972 "Victim of a Foolish Heart" 63 16
1973 "'Til I Get It Right" 88
"Today I Started Loving You Again" 46 26
1974 "The Boy Next Door" 71
"Time To Say Goodbye"
1975 "All the Way In or All the Way Out" 83
1976 "Storybook Children" (with Sam Dees) 84
"Heading In The Right Direction"


  1. ^ a b Las Vegas City Life Archived April 19, 2009, at the Wayback Machine; accessed June 24, 2015.
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (1992). Billboard Book of USA Top 40 Hits (5th ed.). Enfield, Middlesex: Billboard Publications Inc. p. 449. ISBN 0-85112-528-X.
  3. ^ "Galantis's 'Peanut Butter Jelly' - Discover the Sample Source". Retrieved April 7, 2020.

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