THIS WEEK IN 1985

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - ENTERTAINM­ENT -

1 Frankie Sis­ter Sledge 2 Axel F Harold Fal­ter­meyer 3 There Must Be An An­gel (Play­ing With My Heart)

Eury­th­mics

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’.

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