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Chi Drummer (chidrummer)
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Post Number: 16
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Posted on Thursday, June 17, 2004 - 4:59 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Beg your pardon if this has been tossed around already but, What happen to Sister Sledge? I finally saw that 70's Funk show on TV and they're trying to convince me that two women on stage is Sister Sledge (I hate it when they insult my intelligence). Where's the rest of 'em?
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SDF (handsome)
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Post Number: 171
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Yeah Chi-Drummer, Kim & Kathi (the main lead singer) were missing. They have another sister Carol (who's the oldest), who used to fill in back in the day.

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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Post Number: 521
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 12:17 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Here is Sister Sledge with yours truly at Sigma circa 1976.

AFRO
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Caleb (caleb7)
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 12:32 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Supposedly Tony Bell discovered them as reported by brother Thom in Soul Express magazine.Peace Bob E.Caleb
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Post Number: 465
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 2:54 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Owww Bobby this one is too much... I have always loved Kathy Sledge raspy vocals...
It must have been a dream...

Wonder B
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Post Number: 523
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 8:44 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yeah Kathy was barely seventeen at the time and how 'bout Kim's 'fro, eh??

I was producing them at the time and we had recorded Cream of the crop, Thank you for today, Have love will travel and From me to you.(not all in one day, of course)
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Post Number: 472
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Yes Bobby... I won't go into no 'fro debate (LOL) but they sure looked good... (personnally I had a crush on Joni!), that was great music you did with the girls...

Wonder B
If you mess with the 'fro, you gotta go!
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glencro (glencro)
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Wow, Eli..thanx for the picture (Kim is rockin that fro). I am THE biggest Sister Sledge fan out there and Wonder B, Joni was my dream girl too. Sister Sledge released an independant cd, "Style" on www.sistersledge.com (their first with the original line up in about 17 years)last year. It was a very good cd but was never distributed to retail or radio. Kim Sledge released an independant gospel cd "Peaceful" on her own label...Kathy Sledge has been in Australia starring in a musical "Oh, What A Night!!" and Debbie & Joni have been making appearances as Sister Sledge. Also, Debbie's daughter Camille Young was Miss Pennsylvania in 2003. She even competed in the Miss Universe pagaent.
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Post Number: 527
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Thanks WB!!!
Not many folks are aware of those songs.
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glencro (glencro)
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They were great songs. "From Me To You" is the only one that I am not familiar with.
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Eli (phillysoulman)
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Post Number: 528
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 11:12 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was the flip of have love will travel.
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Manny (manny)
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Post Number: 186
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 11:14 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hello again, Soulful Family

I saw a live retransmition in Spanish TV a saturday night, around a year ago from the Canary Islands, where was choosed the "Queen" of "Drag Queens". The stars guesting was the Sister Sledge. When the veredict of the Queen was emited, they performed diverse songs, ending with a very extra-long performance of "We're A Family" with all the drag queens participants dancing together with the sisters, some of wich with plataform shoes by 50 cm!! Was very "freaky" but, at the same time, the vocals by Sister Sledge, was very soulful!
BTW, i'm not 100% sure if was not another (sad) case when a original artist is suplanted by a "clon". I think i recognized two authentic members and the original voices (?)

Peace & Soul Food
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glencro (glencro)
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SISTER SLEDGE 2003SISTER SLEDGE 2003KIM SLEDGEKATHY SLEDGE
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Chi Drummer (chidrummer)
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 11:30 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks for the update Glencro. I should have known everybody's got website these days. I picked a copy of the Style CD. They sound GREAT! What a wonderful CD. It's a shame something this good can't get any distribution but, long live the web.
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glencro (glencro)
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The above photos along with this one were taken in 2003.sistersledge
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SDF (handsome)
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Post Number: 175
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They still look good!

I remember the episode of the Jeffersons, they were on. I forgot what song(s) they sang. George (Sherman Hemsley) played/was their manager.

One of my favorite songs by Sister Sledge is Let's Go On Vacation, with Debbie on lead. All of the sisters could lead as well as background..but y'all know that already!

Handsome
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Greg C. (greg_c)
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The song they sang on "The Jeffersons" was the Stevie Wonder song "As". George booked them into a Country & Western bar by mistake and after a shakey start the ladies ended up turning the place out! Good episode.
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dvdmike (dvdmike)
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Post Number: 147
Registered: 4-2004
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 6:28 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I used to have a crush on Joni
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Post Number: 475
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Posted on Friday, June 18, 2004 - 11:21 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Yes Bobby many people (not on SD of course LOL) think Sister Sledge began their career with the We Are Family album and forget about the great (IMHO) 'Circle of Love' and 'Together' LP's.

Glencro, where did U get that pic of Kathy... Owww I must find a copy of that one...

Here's my modest contribution to the pics on this group.
Here they are in studio with Bernard Edwards & Nile Rodgers...
SSN

The classic SS SHOT
SS

And the other classic pic for the promotion of Kathy's solo album...
ss1

Wonder B
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glencro (glencro)
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 4:06 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I agree...a lot of people are not familiar with the pre "Family" material..their version of "As" on Together is classic...I found the Kathy pic doing an online search..sorry, but I can't even begin to remember which site I found it on
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SDF (handsome)
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Post Number: 180
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 10:37 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Hey Y'all!

I remeber Sister Sledge when they were on Atco records, particulary the Circle Of Love album. There was also another song, written by Gwen Guthrie, entitled "Love Don't You Go Through No Changes On Me".

Handsome
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Kdubya (paladin)
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Posted on Monday, June 21, 2004 - 11:19 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I dunno ya'll they were dam sho fine.......
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SDF (handsome)
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Post Number: 182
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Hey Kdub, whacha know good!

Handsome
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Kdubya (paladin)
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Man see my post on Koko and Dennis ....sometimes its good to be in Chicago.......
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SDF (handsome)
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Kdub, are you in Chicago presently?

Handsome
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Kdubya (paladin)
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yes sir.....as we speak......I also found that Zoom over the weekend.....surprisingly (not) the album Soul Essentials was put together by none other than Harry W...........

Kdub
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SDF (handsome)
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Post Number: 189
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Man Kdub, where did you find it? How long will you be here? I live here in Chi-Town.

Handsome
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Jimmy Mack (luke)
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Love Dont Go Thru NO Changes On Me is just about the slammenest dance song ever----and Motownesque--I play it in my car and almost drive off the road--Kathy Sledge's voice is unique and HOT. I think she was all of 16 at the time they recorded it and the harmonies are sensational.

(Message edited by luke on June 21, 2004)
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SDF (handsome)
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Post Number: 190
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I agree with you JimmyMack!
You are on point!

Handsome
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Kdubya (paladin)
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Handsome, hit me up at Kool1130@hotmail.com....

Kdub
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SDF (handsome)
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Kdub, I having systems problems...in the meantime hit me at darren.hobson@infores.com

Thanks.

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SDF (handsome)
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Kdub, I'm having system problems...in the meantime hit me at darren.hobson@infores.com

Thanks.

Handsome
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Nosey (nosey)
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I remember the little Sledge Sisters from church in South Philly back in the day when they would be on "program". Their grandmother was a great operatic singer as well as their mother and aunts. They were a very nice and musical family.
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glencro (glencro)
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Here is a next generation Sledger: http://www.pageant.com/camille young/
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Wowwwwwwww Glencro... hse's just as fine as George & Gwen McCrae's daughter! LOL

Wonder B
If you mess with the 'fro, you gotta go!
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Reese (reese)
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The A&E Network used to show one of Sister Sledge's nightclub acts fairly regularly. It was filmed at the Roxy in LA. Besides their hits, the group did impersonations of Billie Holiday, Diana Ross, and Dolly Parton.
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Tony B. (tony_b)
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Anybody else think that "He's The Greatest Dancer" and "Thinking Of You" are a million times better than the disco crap from Chic?

Check out this ringtone of Thinking Of You LOL
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Wonder B (wonder_b)
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Well how can you say that Tony since the songs you mention where written AND produced by CHIC themselves...
Chic... disco crap??? Aren't you a bit harsh there... I wouldn't call Chic a disco act even if Yowsah Yowsah Yowsah has a disco beat...
But Good Times is one of my favourite tracks and it is not disco (waht a great bassline), A Warm Summer Night was a great slow... and so many others...

Wonder B
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glencro (glencro)
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I agree that "Thinking Of You" was a great song (even though that ring tone sounds like a cheap kareoke version) but I could never call the music that Chic produced crap. They had some of the classiest stuff out. "I Want Your Love", "My Forbidden Lover", "Chic Cheer" and many more are all classic.
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SDF (handsome)
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I have to get on the bus with Wonder B & glenco, Tony. I love Chic, and all the projects they worked on...particularly Sister Sledge & Diana Ross.

Favorite Cuts among the 3 artists mentioned above-

A Warm Summer's Night
Give Up
My Forbidden Lover
Let's Go On Vacation
Rebels Are We
Chic Cheer
Upside Down
Reach Your Peak
Thinking of You
Lost In Music
We Are Family
Friend To Friend
What About Me

Handsome
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Largo161 (largo161)
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Yes..."Rebels Are We" is the JAAAAM!
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glencro (glencro)
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OH WOW...almost forgot about "Rebels Are We"..yes, that was the cut. Also, I love the vocal modulations in "Reach Your Peak"

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