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Sister Sledge is an American musical group from PhiladelphiaPennsylvania, formed in 1971 and consisting of four sisters: Kim Sledge (born August 21, 1957), Debbie Sledge (born July 9, 1954), Joni Sledge (born September 13, 1956), and Kathy Sledge (born January 6, 1959). They are granddaughters of the former opera singer Viola Williams. The sisters used to perform under the name of "Mrs. Williams' Grandchildren". The group is best known for their hit songs "We Are Family", "He's the Greatest Dancer", and "Frankie".


History[edit source | editbeta]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, although scoring 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 and in 1992 recorded her first solo album, Heart. Although it spawned no Hot 100 hits, it included the #1 Dance Chart hit "Take Me Back to Love". Sister Sledge co-produced recorded the album "African Eyes" in 1998 which was nominated for a Grammy as best produced CD, as well as the Live in Concert album in 1997. In 2003, Debbi and Joni 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" is believe to be sampled for French electronic duo Daft Punk's 2001 trackAerodynamic 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 source | editbeta]Edit

Studio albums[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications

(sales thresholds)

Record label
US

[1]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Top_R%26B/Hip-Hop_Albums US

R&B] [1]

AUS

[2]

CAN

[3]

NLD

[4]

NZ

[5]

NOR

[6]

SWE

[7]

UK

[8]

1975 Circle of Love 56 Atco
1977 Together Cotillion
1979 We Are Family 3 1 37 4 33 45 7
  • US: Platinum[9]
  • UK: Gold[10]
1980 Love Somebody Today 31 7 23
1981 All American Girls 42 13 31 31 26
1982 The Sisters 69 17
1983 Bet Cha Say That to All the Girls 169 35
1985 When the Boys Meet the Girls 52 34 46 19 Atlantic
1997 African Eyes Fahrenheit
2003 Style Empowerment
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified

Compilation albums[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Album Peak chart positions Certifications

(sales thresholds)

Record label
NLD

[4]

UK

[8]

1987 Freak Out: The Greatest Hits of Chic and Sister Sledge 72 WEA Int'l
1992 And Now…Sledge…Again 73 Arcade
1993 The Very Best of Sister Sledge (1973–1993) 19
  • UK: Gold [10]
Rhino
"—" denotes the album failed to chart or was not certified
Complete list

Singles[edit source | editbeta]Edit

Year Single Peak chart positions Certifications

(sales thresholds)

US

[11]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_R%26B/Hip-Hop_Songs US

R&B] [11]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Dance_Club_Songs US

Dan] [11]

[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hot_Adult_Contemporary_Tracks 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" 92 31 5
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" 9 1 1 22 19 6 20 18 17 6
"We Are Family" 2 1 30 19 20 1 26 20 16 6 8
  • US: Platinum[9]
  • UK: Gold[10]
"Lost in Music" 35 8 30 12 17
"Thinking of You"
"Got to Love Somebody" 64 6 34 20 31 34
1980 "Reach Your Peak" 101 21
"Let's Go on Vacation" 63
"Easy Street"
1981 "All American Girls" 79 3 6 3 27 8 41
"Next Time You'll Know" 82 28
"If You Really Want Me"
"He's Just a Runaway (A Tribute to Bob Marley)" 32 9 9
1982 "My Guy" 23 14 2 50 24 5
"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) 20 11
"Lost in Music" (1984 Remix by Nile Rodgers) 18 6 4 4
  • UK: Silver[10]
"We Are Family" (1984 Remix by Bernard Edwards) 27 25 33
1985 "Frankie" 75 32 15 10 2 13 1 10 3 14 1
"Dancing on the Jagged Edge" 71 22 50
"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) 31 6 5
"Lost in Music" (Sure Is Pure Remixes) 10 14
"Thinking of You" ('93 Mixes) 21 17
2002 "Lost in Music" (Wackside Tweaker Mix) (with Wackside) 56
"—" denotes the single failed to chart or was not certified

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