Sarah Dash, of LaBelle “Lady Marmalade”, deceased at 76
Sarah Dash, co-founder of the legendary pop and R&B trio Labelle with Patti LaBelle and respected session singer with Keith Richards, died Monday. She was 76 years old.
The death of the “Lady Marmalade” singer has been confirmed by former members of her group on social media, although no cause of death has yet been revealed.
“We were just on stage together on Saturday and it was such a powerful and special moment,” LaBelle, 77, posted on twitter Monday evening. “Sarah Dash was an incredibly talented, beautiful and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in more ways than I can tell. I could always count on her to support me. This is who Sarah was. … A faithful friend and a voice for those who did not have one. She was a true giver, always serving and sharing her talent and her time. “
Dash was born on August 18, 1945 in Trenton, NJ, where she created a vocal duo called the Capris before moving to Philadelphia in the mid-1960s, Billboard reported. It was there that she first joined her vocal forces with Patti LaBelle (née Patricia Holte), Nona Hendryx and Sundray Tucker as a quartet called The Ordettes. When Cindy Birdsong (possibly the Supremes’ replacement for Florence Ballard) replaced Tucker, the great-voiced group changed their name to The Bluebelles in 1962.
When one of the three singers stepped forward – and added her name to the marquee – Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles sparked a cult following for her vocally sublime rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” which garnered enough interest. for them to land a spot as the opening act for the Rolling Stones in the mid-1960s.
Dash had just posted footage of his weekend reunion with LaBelle with his nearly 7,000 Instagram followers.
The group recreated as Labelle in 1971 – with more contemporary afros and space-age costumes – to open up for stadium-filling groups like The Who. Dash sang the soprano co-leader of “Can I Speak to You Before You Go to Hollywood?” Before the band achieved their biggest commercial hit with “Lady Marmalade” in 1974. The erotically charged track about a woman who fully embraced her sexuality reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Hot Soul Singles ( now Hot R & B / Hip- Hop Songs).
The classic track was voted to the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003 and the National Recording Registry in 2020, and was later covered by Christina Aguilera, P! Nk, Lil Kim and Maya for the hit “Moulin Rogue!” soundtrack of the film in 2001.
Hendryx, 76, member of Labelle, shared on Instagram the death of his bandmate: “Words are inadequate, so I will use little. We spoke a musical language, music says it best. The singing brought us together… ”She added that the two had just spoken and texted each other on Saturday. “Now that you’re gone, I can’t believe it. “
After the band disbanded in 1976, Dash went on to record an eponymous 1978 debut solo album, which included “Sinner Man,” one of Hot Dance Club Songs’ top 10 hits that would become his only Billboard Hot 100 charter, reaching no. ° 71 the following year.
Three other solo albums followed: “Ooh La La, Sarah Dash” in 1980, “Close Enough” in 1983 and “You’re All I Need” in 1988, as Dash launched a successful new career as a session backing vocalist. studio for the O’Jays, Chic’s Nile Rodgers, The Marshall Tucker Band and David Johansen. From the late ’80s to the early’ 90s, she worked in sessions, wrote songs, and toured with the solo crew of Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones.
“I’m heartbroken, as I know all of her loved ones and fans are. But I know Sarah’s spirit and all she’s given to the world live on,” LaBelle continued in her tribute on Twitter. “And I pray that her precious memory will bring us peace and comfort. Rest in power my dear sister. I still love you!”