Sarah Dash,member of the group,Labelle with No 1 hit Lady Marmalade has died. She was 76. Dash was the co-founder of the group,born in Trenton in 1945 to a pastor and nurse. She joined the vocal group, Bluebelles with Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Birdsong who later left the group to join The Supremes in 1967.
In 1962 ,they debuted the single, I Sold My Heart to the Junkman,which shot into the US Top 20.
Their names changed from Bluebelles to Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and finally Labelle.
Labelle’s most notable single Lady Marmalade ( a raunchy tale of a New Orleans sex worker lighting up a client’s dull life) from their 1974 album topped the US charts. With artist like ll Saints doing a cover version in 1998, and by Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink for the Moulin Rouge soundtrack (2001), both reached No 1.
Labelle released two further albums before going on a long hiatus, fully reforming in 2008 for the album Back to Now.
Dash released four solo albums, and worked as a session singer for Nile Rodgers, the O’Jays and others. She joined Keith Richards’ backing band the X-pensive Winos, and recorded vocals for the Rolling Stones’ album Steel Wheels.
Later in life she recorded gospel music, worked as a motivational speaker, and did charity work. Earlier this year, she was hired as an advocate for the Covid vaccine in New Jersey.