Tag: Joni Sledge

In Memoriam: Joni Sledge (September 13, 1956 – March 10, 2017)

(Billboard Magazine) Joni Sledge, the second eldest sister in the hit pop group Sister Sledge, has died, a representative for the band says.

Sledge passed away at home in Phoenix, Ariz., Friday afternoon (March 10). She was 60 years old. Her cause of death has not been disclosed.

“Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. Pray for us as we weep for the loss of our sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin Joni Sledge. We thank you for privacy as we hurt for her presence, but also for embracing her radiance and the sincerity with which she loved life,” a statement issued by her family says.

Sister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group consisted of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. The year 1979 saw the release of their breakthrough album We Are Family, which peaked at number three on the US Album Chart and went Platinum. With Kathy leaving in 1989, the group have since operated as a trio (with Kathy occasionally re-joining for one-off performances and several releases in the 1990s). Symbolizing strong family values, the siblings achieved international success at the height of the disco era.

Sister Sledge’s 1979 single “We Are Family” reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination. Their other US hits include a 1982 cover of “My Guy”. The group had UK Top 20 hits with “Mama Never Told Me” (1975), “He’s the Greatest Dancer” (1979), “We Are Family” (1979), “Lost in Music” (1979), and “Thinking of You” (1984), before reaching number one on the UK Singles Chart with the song “Frankie” in 1985. Remixed versions of three of their singles in 1993 returned them to the UK Top 20. In 2015, Sister Sledge performed for Pope Francis at the World Festival of Families in Philadelphia. – Wikipedia


Artist Countdown: Sister Sledge Top 25 Hits 1p ET @SisterSledge2

SisterSledgeSister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 1971 and consisted of four sisters: Debbie Sledge (born July 9, 1954), Joni Sledge (born September 13, 1956), Kim Sledge (born August 21, 1957), and Kathy Sledge (born January 6, 1958). They are granddaughters of the former opera singer Viola Williams. The group is best known for their hit songs “We Are Family”, “Lost In Music”, “He’s the Greatest Dancer”, and “Frankie”.

The sisters continue to perform collectively and individually worldwide. The four original group members were reunited in 2011 on Oprah Winfrey’s “Women Who Rock” episode, highlighting their song “We Are Family” as one of the most requested songs of all time.

1 We Are Family
2 Frankie
3 He’s the Greatest Dancer
4 All American Girls
5 My Guy
6 Got to Love Somebody
7 Lost in Music
8 He’s Just a Runaway (A Tribute to Bob Marley)
9 Love Don’t You Go Through No Changes on Me
10 Dancing on the Jagged Edge
11 Thinking of You
12 Next Time You’ll Know
13 Reach Your Peak
14 Protect Our Love
15 Mama Never Told Me
16 B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Baby)
17 Thank You for the Party
18 All the Man That I Need
19 Gotta Get Back to Love
20 Blockbuster Boy
21 Let’s Go on Vacation
22 Cream of the Crop
23 Baby, It’s the Rain
24 Music Makes Me Feel Good
25 If You Really Want Me