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Yesterday, numbness fell upon our family. We are saddened to inform
you that our dear sister, mother, aunt, niece and cousin, Joni passed
away yesterday. Please pray for us as we weep for this loss. We do know
that she is now eternally with Our Lord.
We thank you in advance
for allowing us the privacy to mourn quietly as a family. We miss her
and hurt for her presence, her radiance, and the sincerity with which
she loved & embraced life.
We love you & God Bless You all.
The Sledge Family
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Sister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group consisted of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. Symbolizing strong family values, the siblings achieved international success at the height of the disco era.
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. The album included the 1979 single "We Are Family" which reached number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and earned them a Grammy Award nomination, together with two other 1979 top 20 international hits "He's the Greatest Dancer" and "Lost in Music".
Their other US hits include a 1982 cover of "My Guy", and other international hits include "Mama Never Told Me" (1975), "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.
Following Kathy's departure in 1989, the group then operated as a
trio (with Kathy occasionally re-joining for one-off performances and
several releases in the 1990s) until Joni's death in 2017. In 2015,
Sister Sledge performed for Pope Francis at the World Festival of Families in Philadelphia.
of Broadway tap dancer Edwin Sledge (1923–1996) and actress Florez
Sledge (1928–2007), Debbie Sledge (born July 9, 1954), Joni Sledge
(September 13, 1956 – March 10, 2017), Kim Sledge (born August 21,
1957) and Kathy Sledge (born January 6, 1959) were given vocal training
by their grandmother Viola Williams, a former lyric soprano opera singer
and protégé of civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune.
Under Viola’s guidance they regularly sang at their family church,
Williams Temple Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) until forming a band
and performing at charity and political events throughout Philadelphia,
aptly named ‘Mrs Williams’ Grandchildren’.
group toured much of the East Coast including New York, New Jersey and
home town Philadelphia with Florez acting as their manager (and tour bus
driver) and Debbie as musical director. They released their first
single "Time Will Tell" in 1971 on local music label Money Back. In
1973, they released the single "Mama Never Told Me", which became a top
20 hit in the UK in 1975, but it was with the Haras Fyre & Gwen
Guthrie single "Love Don’t Go Through No Changes On Me" (released in
1974) that the siblings enjoyed their first taste of success. The song
was a big hit in Japan and as a result the girls were flown to the
country to perform at the Tokyo Music Festival where they won the Silver
Prize. The sisters also performed at the Zaire 74 concert in Africa alongside James Brown during The Rumble in the Jungle boxing event.
Sister Sledge’s first album Circle of Love was released by ATCO (a subsidiary of Atlantic Records) in 1975 and included songs written by Gwen Guthrie and Gwen's then-boyfriend, studio bassist Haras Fyre. The group enjoyed some success in Europe and as a result, the album Together was recorded in Germany in 1977. Released through the Cotillion
label, another Atlantic subsidiary, the album produced a minor hit with
the single "Blockbuster Boy" reaching No. 61 on the US R&B chart.
Nearing the end of the decade all four sisters graduated.
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