Clean Up Woman

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"Clean Up Woman"
Betty Wright - Clean Up Woman single cover.jpg
Single by Betty Wright
from the album I Love the Way You Love
B-side"I'll Love You Forever"
ReleasedNovember 1971
Format7" single
GenreSoul, funk
Songwriter(s)Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke
Producer(s)Clarence Reid, Willie Clarke
Betty Wright singles chronology
"Pure Love"
"Clean Up Woman"
"Baby Sitter"

"Clean Up Woman" is a song by Betty Wright from her second studio album, I Love the Way You Love (1972). Written and produced by Clarence Reid and Willie Clarke, it was released in November 1971 in the U.S. as a 7" single with "I'll Love You Forever" on the B-side. The single reached number six on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart, spending fourteen weeks on the chart.[1] It also reached number two on the U.S. Black Singles chart. It peaked at No.4 on the Cash Box Top 100 singles chart during the weeks ending January 29, 1972 and February 5, 1972.[2]

It has sold over a million copies with the RIAA gold disc awarded on December 30, 1972.[1] Billboard ranked it as the No. 49 song for 1972. The song's distinctive guitar lick was played by Willie "Little Beaver" Hale.

The song also appears as the beginning and end songs in a medley on the 1978 album Betty Wright Live.

The song has been sampled in at least 32 other songs, including the 2013 "Favorite Song" by Chance the Rapper and the 1993 remix of "Real Love" by Mary J. Blige. Cover versions include those by Leela James (2009), Blowfly (1975), Al Kooper (1994) and Maria Muldaur (1979).[3]


  1. ^ a b Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 306. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
  2. ^ "CASH BOX Top 100 Singles, week ending FEBRUARY 5, 1972". Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  3. ^ "Samples of Clean Up Woman by Betty Wright". Retrieved 2016-10-03.

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