We love discovering anything soulful here @ Twelve Bar. If it is soulful and from the 1970s and new to us we get an extra special tingle of excitement. And so it is with Betty Padgett, whose self-titled sugary sweet debut from 1975, was re-released by Luv’n’Haight relatively recently. Never likely to be a major hit, the album is nonetheless extremely likeable and until now extremely rare. Florida native Padgett has a distinctively sultry and rich delivery, a voice with a hint of naughtiness and a relaxed flow. The style is soul of the ilk of the great Gwen Mcrae, with funk overtones and more than a nod to the rocksteady soul and ska of Jamaica. Well worth a listen, not least for the joy in a box that is bouncy two-parter “Sugar Daddy”, a track that simply demands you grin those pearly whites. Dusty grooves never sounded so damn polished.