Sarah Dash, Founding Member of Labelle, Dies at 76

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Sarah Dash, who was a founding member of the group Labelle and best known for their 1974 hit song “Lady Marmalade”, died on Monday at the age of 76.  

Legendary R&B singer Sarah Dash, who became famous after creating the 70’s musical group Labelle and adding her smooth vocals to the hit song “Lady Marmalade”, died on Monday at age 76.  

The original group, known as the Bluebelles, was formed in the 1960s after Dash met Patti LaBelle, Cindy Birdsong and Nona Hendryx. Eventually, the group changed their name to Labelle after Birdsong left the group to joined the Supremes.  

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The trio adopted a more glam futuristic look and released their self-titled debut album, which was followed by Moon Shadow in 1972.  

However, Labelle mainstream success came after the release of “Lady Marmalade” off the Nightbirds album. 

Labelle officially disbanded in 1977, and Dash struck out on a solo career with her eponymous debut album in 1978. The album produced the disco hit “Sinner Man.” Dash released three more solo albums Ooh La La, Sarah Dash in 1980, Close Enough in 1983 and You’re All I Need in 1988.  

Dash went on tour with Keith Richards and sang on the Rolling Stones 1989 album Steel Wheels.  

Aside from music, Dash produced one-woman shows in like Dash of Diva and Sarah: One Woman. The Grammy Hall of Fame inducted Dash in 2003.  

Former group mate Patti LaBelle, who had just sung with Dash on Saturday, took to social media to pay homage to her friend.  

“We were just onstage together on Saturday and it was such a powerful and special moment!” LaBelle said on Instragram. “Sarah Dash was an awesomely talented, beautiful and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in more ways than I can say. And I could always count on her to have my back! That’s who Sarah was… a loyal friend and a voice for those who didn’t have one.” 

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