Joni Sledge, who with her sisters recorded the definitive dance anthem We Are Family, has died.
Joni Sledge, 60, was found dead in her home in Phoenix, Arizona, by a friend on Friday, the band’s publicist, Biff Warren, said on Saturday. A cause of death has not been determined. The statement read: ” yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We welcome your prayers as we weep the loss of our sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin.”
While it celebrated their sisterhood, the 1979 hit so also became an anthem for female empowerment. It would become their signature song and was nominated for a Grammy. Both the song and album sold more than 1million copies.
Sister Sledge also had hits with Lost in Music, which for me is one of the definitive dance tunes of all time ( along with the Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers penned Good Times for Chic ) and Thinking of You – the latter in particular revered by critics. In 1985, their song Frankie became their only British No 1, though it fared less well in America, only reaching No 75.
Top 5 Best Sister Sledge songs
1) Lost in Music ( No4 1984 )
2) He’s The Greatest Dancer ( No6 1979 )
3) We Are Family ( No8 1979 )
4) Mama Never Told Me ( No20 1975 )
5) Frankie ( No1 1985 )
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