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Sister Sledge

Debra Sledge a.k.a. Debbie Sledge Young (b. 9th July 1954, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)

Joan Elise Sledge (b. 13th September 1956, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. d. 10th March 2017, Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.A.)

Kim Sledge (b. 21st August 1957, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)

and

Kathy Sledge a.k.a. Kathy E. Sledge Lightfoot (b. 6th January 1959, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.)

Sister Sledge were formed in 1971 in North Philadelphia and went, initially, under the name of Sisters Sledge,

The four sisters were aged between 12 years old and 16 years old at the outset.

The quartet recorded their first single, 'Time Will Tell', for the local Money Back label.

The following year the girls had relocated to the Atco label where they released the single 'Weatherman'.

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circle of love - 1975 / together - 1977 / we are family - 1979 / love somebody today - 1980

In 1974, the group released their first album entitled 'Circle Of Love', which contained their first hit, 'Love, Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me' (number 31 R & B).

However, 1975 saw the groups first major chart success, with the song 'Mama Never Told Me', which became a sizeable U.S. and U.K. chart hit that year.

Two years later saw the release of the bands second album outing entitled 'Together'.

The song 'Blockbuster Boy' became a minor R & B hit reaching number 61 in those charts.

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It was in 1979, however, that the sisters hit the big time after teaming up with the songwriting duo Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards from the group Chic.

A series of hits followed including 'He's The Greatest Dancer', 'We Are Family', 'Lost In Music' and the 'sleeper', 'Thinking Of You'.

The Sisters spent two lucrative years with Nile Rogers and Bernard Edwards, however, they left the duo and began to produce their own material in 1981.

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all american girls - 1981 / the sisters - 1982 / betcha say that to all the girls - 1983 / when the boys meet the girls - 1985

In 1983, the group released the album 'Betcha Say That To All The Girls', an album that featured the popular soul song 'Smile'.

That album also featured input from, the late, Al Jarreau.

By 1985, they had returned to the charts with the commericial and poppy song 'Frankie', which made it to the number one spot in the U.K. that year.

Sister Sledge left the label Atlantic, in 1985, with various members recording solo albums throughout the 1990s.

Kathy' Sledge released a debut solo album, entitled 'Heart', in 1992.

In 1997, the sisters recorded the album 'African Eyes', which was well received by the critics.

During the early part of the millennium, the sisters contributed to a couple of European dance twelve-inches.

Joan Sledge, sadly, passed away in 2017 at home in Arizona.

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Albums:

Circle Of Love (Atco Records 1975)

Together (Cotillion Records 1977)

We Are Family (Cotillion Records 1979)

Love Somebody Today (Cotillion Records 1980)

All American Girls (Cotillion Records 1981)

The Sisters (Cotillion Records 1982)

Bet Cha Say That To All The Girls (Cotillion Records 1983)

When The Boys Meet The Girls (Atlantic Records 1985)

And Now...Sledge...Again (FM Records Records 1993)

Live in Concert (Prime Cuts Records 1995)

African Eyes (Fahrenheit Records 1998)

Sister Sledge Live (Waxworks Records 1998)

Live: Greatest Hits (Classic World Records 1999)

Center Stage: Live (Direct Source Records 2000)

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