Sarah Dash, singer and co-founder of LaBelle, dies at 76

Sarah Dash, co-founder and singer of the all-female singing group LaBelle, died Monday, 20 September 2021, at 76.

The group was best known for its 1974 hit “Lady Marmalade”. 

The deceased, whose cause of death is still unknown, seemed agile and performed a couple of days before her death, on Saturday, 18 September, when she joined her bandmate, Patti LaBelle, on stage.

Announcing her death on Twitter, Labella tweeted: “We were just on stage together on Saturday, and it was such a powerful and special moment! Sarah Dash was an awesomely talented, beautiful and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in more ways than I can say. And I could always count on her to have my back! That’s who Sarah was … a loyal friend and a voice for those who didn’t have one.

“She was a true giver, always serving and sharing her talent and time. I am heartbroken, as I know all of her loved ones and fans are. But I know that Sarah’s spirit and all that she has given to the world live on. And I pray that her precious memory brings us peace and comfort. Rest in power, my dear sister. I love you always!”

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The LaBelle group was founded by Sarah Dash, Patti, Nona Hendryx, and Sundray Tucker. However, the name of the group was first “The Ordettes” before it went through a number of name changes, and finally, in 1971, they started to gain traction under the name LaBelle – without Sundray.

They all eventually went their separate ways five years later, and Sarah pursued a successful solo career. She released four solo records between 1978 and 1988.

In the 90s, Labelle reunited and went on to have a number one hit with “Turn It Out” in the US dance charts in 1995. They reunited again in 2008 for the album Back to Now.

We send our condolences to Sarah Dash’s family.

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