Sister Sledge

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Sister Sledge
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul, disco
Years active1971–present
Websitewww.sistersledge.com
MembersDebbie Sledge
Joni Sledge
Kathy Sledge
Kim Sledge
 
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Sister Sledge
OriginPhiladelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresR&B, soul, disco
Years active1971–present
Websitewww.sistersledge.com
MembersDebbie Sledge
Joni Sledge
Kathy Sledge
Kim Sledge

Sister 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".

History[edit]

The members of Sister Sledge were born and raised in Philadelphia and began singing in local Philadelphia churches like Williams Temple CME and Second Macedonia Baptist Church. Their professional music career launched when they entered the UK Singles Chart in 1975 with "Mama Never Told Me". The young girl group released their first two albums, Circle of Love and Together in 1975 and 1977, respectively but, aside from scoring the Silver Prize at the 1975 Tokyo Musical for Gwen Guthrie's's composition "Pain Reliever" and the oft-recorded "Love Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me," there were no major hits.

The group attained pop success with their next album: 1979's We Are Family. The album would become the group's best selling. Singles included "He's the Greatest Dancer" (#9 US, #1 R&B) and "We Are Family" (#2 US, #1 R&B), the latter song becoming their biggest hit. The album was written and produced by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of the group Chic.

Sister Sledge's next album was 1980's Love Somebody Today. The album included the songs "Got to Love Somebody" (#64 US, #6 R&B, #34 UK) and "Pretty Baby".

Collaborating with producer Narada Michael Walden in 1981, they released the album "All-American Girls", yielding the title track single, which reached No. 3 R&B and No. 79 Pop in the U.S. and No. 41 Pop in the UK; and the single "Next Time You'll Know", which reached No. 28 R&B in the U.S. The sisters continued singing new material throughout the 1980s and 1990s, although not matching the success of the late 1970s. They achieved a hit with "Frankie" in 1985 (#1 in the UK). In 1989 Kathy Sledge left the group to pursue her solo career. Joni Sledge produced and recorded the album "African Eyes" with her sisters Debbie and Kim Sledge in 1998 which was nominated for a Grammy as best produced CD, as well as the Live in Concert album in 1997. In 2003, Debbie and Joni Sledge performed with three other female singers which included Debbie's daughters Amber and Camille in the PBS special, My Music: 70's Soul Superstars, which is also available on DVD.

Their most popular songs have been re-released and re-recorded several times in Europe, often in newly-remixed versions. Their song "Il Macquillage Lady" written by Joni Sledge is believe to be sampled for French electronic duo Daft Punk's 2001 track Aerodynamic although Daft Punk have denied sampling the song.

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.

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

YearAlbumPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
US
[1]
US
R&B

[1]
AUS
[2]
CAN
[3]
NLD
[4]
NZ
[5]
NOR
[6]
SWE
[7]
UK
[8]
1975Circle of Love56Atco
1977TogetherCotillion
1979We Are Family3137433457
1980Love Somebody Today31723
1981All American Girls4213313126
1982The Sisters6917
1983Bet Cha Say That to All the Girls16935
1985When the Boys Meet the Girls52344619Atlantic
1997African EyesFahrenheit
2003StyleEmpowerment
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Compilation albums[edit]

YearAlbumPeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
Record label
NLD
[4]
UK
[8]
1987Freak Out: The Greatest Hits of Chic and Sister Sledge72WEA Int'l
1992And Now…Sledge…Again73Arcade
1993The Very Best of Sister Sledge (1973–1993)19Rhino
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified
Complete list

Singles[edit]

YearSinglePeak chart positionsCertifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[11]
US
R&B

[11]
US
Dan

[11]
US
A/C

[11]
AUS
[2]
BEL
[12]
CAN
[3]
GER
[13]
IRE
[14]
NLD
[4]
NZ
[5]
SWE
[7]
UK
[8]
1971"Time Will Tell"
1973"The Weatherman"
"Mama Never Told Me"20
1974"Love Don't You Go Through No Changes on Me"92315
1975"Protect Our Love" / "Pain Reliever"7
"Circle of Love (Caught in the Middle)"
"Love Has Found Me"
1976"Thank You for Today"78
1977"Cream of the Crop"100
"Blockbuster Boy"61
"Baby, It's the Rain"
1978"I've Seen Better Days"
"When You Wish upon a Star" (with Montana)
1979"He's the Greatest Dancer"911221962018176
"We Are Family"21301920126201668
"Lost in Music"358301217
"Thinking of You"
"Got to Love Somebody"64634203134
1980"Reach Your Peak"10121
"Let's Go on Vacation"63
"Easy Street"
1981"All American Girls"7936327841
"Next Time You'll Know"8228
"If You Really Want Me"
"He's Just a Runaway (A Tribute to Bob Marley)"3299
1982"My Guy"2314250245
"All the Man That I Need"45
1983"B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Baby)"22
"Gotta Get Back to Love"56
"Thank You for the Party"27
1984"Thinking of You" (re-release)2011
"Lost in Music" (1984 Remix by Nile Rodgers)18644
"We Are Family" (1984 Remix by Bernard Edwards)272533
1985"Frankie"753215102131103141
"Dancing on the Jagged Edge"712250
"You're Fine"
1986"When the Boys Meet the Girls"89
"Here to Stay (Anthem from Playing for Keeps)"78
1993"We Are Family" ('93 Mixes)3165
"Lost in Music" (Sure Is Pure Remixes)1014
"Thinking of You" ('93 Mixes)2117
2002"Lost in Music" (Wackside Tweaker Mix) (with Wackside)56
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not certified

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "US Albums Charts > Sister Sledge". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  2. ^ a b David Kent (1993). Australian Charts Book 1970—1992. Australian Chart Book Pty Ltd, Turramurra, N.S.W. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  3. ^ a b "CAN Charts > Sister Sledge". RPM. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  4. ^ a b c "NL Charts > Sister Sledge". MegaCharts. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  5. ^ a b "NZ Charts > Sister Sledge". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  6. ^ "NOR Charts > Sister Sledge". VG-lista. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  7. ^ a b "Swedish Charts > Sister Sledge". Sverigetopplistan. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  8. ^ a b c "UK Charts > Sister Sledge". chartstats.com. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  9. ^ a b "US Certifications > Sister Sledge". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  10. ^ a b c d e f "UK Certified Awards Search > Sister Sledge". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  11. ^ a b c d "US Singles Charts > Sister Sledge". Billboard. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  12. ^ "BEL Charts > Sister Sledge". VRT Top 30. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  13. ^ "GER Charts > Sister Sledge". Media Control Charts. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 
  14. ^ "IRE Charts Search > Sister Sledge". Irish Recorded Music Association. Retrieved 2012-05-05. 

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