THIS WEEK IN 1985
1 Frankie Sister Sledge 2 Axel F Harold Faltermeyer 3 There Must Be An Angel (Playing With My Heart)
4 Cherish Kool and the Gang
5 Crazy For You Madonna
6 My Toot Toot Denise Lasalle
7 I’m On Fire/Born In The USA Bruce Springsteen 8 Live Is Life Opus
9 Johnny Come Home Fine Young Cannibals 10 Ben Marti Webb
The members of Sister Sledge were indeed sisters: Debbie, Joni, Kim and Kathy Sledge. The Philadelphia foursome enjoyed international success in the disco boom of the very late seventies, with hits such as ‘He’s The Greatest Dancer’, ‘We Are Family’ and ‘Lost In Music’, but their star had begun to wane by the time ‘Frankie’ was released in 1985.
Taken from their ‘When The Boys Meet The Girls’ album, and produced by Chic’s Nile Rodgers, it gave the sisters their only UK (and Irish) number one. Sister Sledge failed to capitalise on their chart resurgence and next single ‘Dancing On The Jagged Edge’ barely registered in the UK top 50.
‘Frankie’ was written by prolific songwriter Denise Rich (under the pseudonym Joy Denny), the Frankie in question being Frank Sinatra.
Kathy Sledge has pursued a solo career since 1989. Joni died, aged 60, in 2017 and Debbie and Kim continue to perform as Sister Sledge.
• Germany’s Harold Faltermeyer reached the top of the charts in Ireland with his quirky synth-pop tune ‘Axel F’, the theme from ‘Beverly Hills Cop’. The song peaked at number 2 in the UK and 3 in the Billboard Hot 100. He also composed the theme for the hit film ‘Top Gun’.
Sister Sledge scored their only No. 1 with ‘Frankie’.