‘We Are Fam­ily’ singer dies

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NEW YORK: Joni Sledge, one of four sis­ters who sang one of disco’s most en­dur­ing songs We Are

Fam­ily, has died, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive said on Satur­day. She was 60. The singer died at her home in Ari­zona on Fri­day with the cause of death yet to be de­ter­mined, publi-Biff cist War­ren said. “We miss her and hurt for her pres­ence, her ra­di­ance and the sin­cer­ity with which she loved and em­braced life,” a fam­ily state­ment said.

Daugh­ters of two per­form­ers, Joni and her sis­ters — Deb­bie, Kathy and Kim — grew up in Philadel­phia and had mod­er­ate suc­cess tour­ing in the 1970s with R&B songs.

But the sis­ters found a ma­jor hit in 1979 with We Are

Fam­ily, which was writ­ten by Nile Rodgers and Bernard Ed­wards, who had emerged as key fig­ures in the disco craze with their band Chic.

Joni, in an in­ter­view last year with The

Guardian, said the sis­ters were pro­fes­sion­ally frus­trated by the time they made We

Are Fam­ily and had con­sid­ered other ca­reers.

Joni, speak­ing in 2015 to Women’s Wear Daily, said the group’s hit — with its cho­rus of “We are fam­ily, I got all my sis­ters with me” — car­ried a time-tested mes­sage of unity.

Joni Sledge

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