R&B singer Sarah Sprint, who co-founded the groundbreaking group Labelle which had a primary hit with Woman Marmalade, has died aged 76.
Sprint was additionally the co-founder of Patti LaBelle and The Bluebelles, which opened for The Rolling Stones throughout a prolonged US tour in 1965.
It was Patti LaBelle who confirmed the information of Sprint’s demise on Twitter on Tuesday as she paid tribute to a “stunning and loving soul”.
The group modified its fashion and musical route to kind the pioneering all-female group Labelle in 1971 – with their music turning into recognized for its fusion of rock, funk and R&B.
Sprint, LaBelle and fellow member Nona Hendryx have been additionally recognized for sporting space-age and glam costumes.
Labelle hit its peak with the disco smash Woman Marmalade in 1974, which reached primary on the Billboard Sizzling 100 chart within the US.
The track is thought for its sexually suggestive French refrain of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?”, which interprets into English as “Do you need to sleep with me?”
The track was re-recorded by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink and rapper Lil’ Kim in 2001 and have become an enormous hit, reaching primary in each the US and the UK.
Patti LaBelle shared a Twitter thread on Tuesday which included a tribute, a video, and and picture of her along with her longtime singing accomplice and buddy.
She wrote: “We have been simply on stage collectively on Saturday and it was such a strong and particular second.”
“Sarah Sprint was an awesomely gifted, stunning, and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in additional methods than I can say. And I might all the time depend on her to have my again! That is who Sarah was … loyal buddy and a voice for individuals who did not have one.”
LaBelle ended by saying: “Relaxation in energy my expensive sister. I like you all the time!”
After Labelle broke up in 1976, Sprint launched into a solo profession and sang on The Rolling Stones’ 1989 album Metal Wheels and did session work for the O’Jays and Nile Rodgers.
Reed Gusciora, the mayor of Trenton, New Jersey, the place Sprint was born, paid tribute on Fb on Tuesday.
He wrote: “Trenton misplaced a star right now with Sarah Sprint’s passing. She is now with the angels.”