October 17, 2021



Sarah Dash, Labelle Member of “Lady Marmalade” Fame, Dies at 76

Sarah Dash, a fellow benefactor of spearheading R&B/rock bunch Labelle of “Woman Marmalade” acclaim, kicked the bucket Monday (Sept. 20). She was 76.

“We were simply in front of an audience together on Saturday [Sept. 18] and it was an amazing and uncommon second,” bunch namesake Patti LaBelle said in an assertion shipped off Billboard. “Sarah Dash was a wonderfully capable, delightful and cherishing soul who favored my everyday routine and the experiences of so many others in a larger number of ways than I can say. I could generally rely on her to have me covered. That is what sarah’s identity was … a reliable companion and a voice for the people who didn’t have one. She was a genuine supplier, continually serving and sharing her ability and time. I’m sorrowful, as I probably am aware every last bit of her friends and family and fans are. Yet, I realize that Sarah’s soul and all that she has given to the world live on. Furthermore, I supplicate that her valuable memory brings us harmony and solace. Rest in power my dear sister. I love you always!”Born Aug. 18, 1945 in Trenton, N.J., Dash made a vocal pair called the Capris prior to migrating to Philadelphia during the ’60s. It was there that she collaborated with Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle (neé Patricia Holte) and Sundray Tucker as individuals from a group of four called The Ordettes. When destined to-be Supremes part Cindy Birdsong supplanted Tucker, the gathering changed its name to The Bluebelles in 1962. After another moniker change to Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, the gathering collected consideration with R&B anthems, including a reevaluation of “Over the Rainbow” which has since turned into a LaBelle show fave, and furthermore opened for the Rolling Stones in the mid ’60s.

Yet, it wasn’t until the gathering’s 1971 rebirth as the triplet Labelle that things started to click. Shunning the complex excitement related with young lady bunches then, at that point, Labelle changed to Afros and crazier closets — and later space suits — to open for behaves like The Who and record all the more socially, physically and politically cognizant tunes like the anthem “Would i be able to Speak to You Before You Go to Hollywood?,” highlighting Dash’s solid soprano as co-lead. The entirety of this made the way for Labelle’s greatest business accomplishment with “Woman Marmalade” from their 1974 collection Nightbirds. After ensuing collections Phoenix and Chameleon in 1975 and 1976, separately, Labelle separated and Dash left on a performance vocation.

Her 1978 eponymous presentation collection included the main 10 Hot Dance Club Songs hit “Delinquent Man,” which was additionally Dash’s just Billboard Hot 100 hit, arriving at No. 71 the next year. Three other independent collections followed: Ooh La, Sarah Dash in 1980, Close Enough in 1983 and You’re All I Need in 1988. Ensuing singles of note included “Ooh La, Too Soon” (later utilized in a Sassoon pants business) and the main 20 Hot Dance Club Songs hit “Fortunate Tonight.” Dash additionally accomplished meeting work for the O’Jays, Chic’s Nile Rodgers, The Marshall Tucker Band and David Johansen. The last part of the ’80s into the mid ’90s discovered Dash accomplishing meeting work, composing melodies and visiting with Keith Richards and furthermore taking off with the Rolling Stones.

In the wake of creating and visiting with her own one-lady show, Dash of Diva, in the mid ’90s, Dash rejoined with Hendryx and LaBelle for the No. 1 dance hit “Turn It Out” from the 1995 soundtrack, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. The threesome returned together again in 2008 for the widely praised get-together collection Back to Now (highlighting the Dash-drove political melody “Framework”), teaming up with makers Lenny Kravitz, Wyclef Jean,and Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Run was given the Lifetime Achievement Award by The National R&B Music Society in 2016.