Labelle Member Sarah Dash Dies At Age 76 [VIDEO]


Billboard Magazine reports:

Sarah Dash, a co-founder of pioneering R&B/rock group Labelle of “Lady Marmalade” fame, died Monday (Sept. 20). She was 76. “We were just onstage together on Saturday [Sept. 18] and it was such a powerful and special moment,” group namesake Patti LaBelle said in a statement sent to Billboard.

Born Aug. 18, 1945 in Trenton, N.J., Dash created a vocal duo called the Capris before relocating to Philadelphia in the mid-‘60s. It was there that she teamed up with Nona Hendryx, Patti LaBelle (neé Patricia Holte) and Sundray Tucker as members of a quartet called The Ordettes.

When soon-to-be Supremes member Cindy Birdsong replaced Tucker, the group changed its name to The Bluebelles in 1962. After another moniker switch to Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, the group garnered attention with R&B ballads.

Pitchfork reports:

After Labelle broke up in 1976, Dash began a solo career that spanned four albums over the next decade. She then established herself as a session singer, recording with the O’Jays, Nile Rodgers, the Marshall Tucker Band, and David Johansen.

She wrote music with Keith Richards, and toured with the Rolling Stones. When Labelle reunited in 1995 for “Turn It Out” (from the To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar soundtrack) it hit No. 1 on the dance charts. She would record one final album with Labelle: Back to Now in 2008.

No cause of death has been disclosed.