Wednesday, 29 March 2017

REMEMBERING JONI SLEDGE

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Joni Sledge

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Joni Sledge
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Sledge circa 1979.[1]
BornJoan Elise Sledge[2]
September 13, 1956
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedMarch 10, 2017 (aged 60)[3]
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
EducationTemple University
Occupation
  • Singer
  • songwriter
  • producer
Years active1971–2017
Children1
Relativessee Sister Sledge
Musical career
Genres
InstrumentsVocals
Labels
Associated acts
Joan Elise Sledge (September 13, 1956 – March 10, 2017[4]), better known as Joni Sledge, was an American singer–songwriter and producer. Sledge was best known as a founding member of the American family vocal group Sister Sledge.[5][6] Sledge died from natural causes on March 10, 2017 at age 60.[7]

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Biography[edit]

Sledge was born the third of five daughters in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Edwin Sledge, a tap dancer, and his actress wife, Florez (née Williams).[6] Described as a warm extrovert, Sledge attended Olney High School; graduating in 1974. Sledge majored in communications while in college at Temple University.[8][9] Sledge performed the song "Then Came You" with the Spinners on the television music show The Midnight Special in 1975.[10]
In addition to singing, Sledge was also a songwriter and producer; writing and producing the song "Brother, Brother Stop" for a Sister Sledge greatest hits album in 1996. Sledge's production of their album African Eyes which was released in 1997 was nominated for a best–production Grammy.[6]

Personal life and death[edit]

Sledge had one child, a son named Thaddeus. Sledge was found dead by a friend at her home on March 11, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona, She was 60 years old.[11] Her death was originally considered due to unknown circumstances as she didn't have any known illnesses, according to close family sources.[12] On March 14, 2017, Sledge's cause of death was ruled "natural causes".[13]

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