Sarah Dash has died. The co-founding member of iconic R&B girl group Labelle, who is best known for his or her 1974 hit ‘Lady Marmalade’, has sadly gave up the ghost at the age of 76. Sarah performed right up until her death, having joined her bandmate, Patti LaBelle, on stage on Saturday (18.09.21). An explanation for death is unknown at the time of writing. In a touching tribute, “heartbroken” Patti, 77, told Billboard: “We were just on stage together on Saturday [Sept. 18] and it had been such a strong and special moment.
“Sarah Dash was an awesomely talented, beautiful, and loving soul who blessed my life and therefore the lives of numerous others in additional ways than I can say. I could always calculate her to possess my back. “That’s who Sarah was … a loyal friend and a voice for those that did not have one. She was a real giver, always serving and sharing her talent and time.”
She concluded: “And I pray that her precious memory brings us peace and luxury. Rest in power, my dear sister. I really like you always!” Sarah first founded The Ordettes with Patti, Nona Hendryx, and Sunday Tucker. The group went through a variety of name changes, and in 1971, they began to gain traction under the name Labelle – without Sunday. However, they went their separate ways five years later, and Sarah pursued a successful solo career. The star released four solo records between 1978 and 1988.
Labelle reunited within the 90s and went on to possess variety one hit with ‘Turn It Out’ within the US dance charts in 1995, with what marked their first new music in almost 20 years. The group reunited again in 2008 for the album ‘Back to Now.’ Sarah was also known for her work with Keith Richards. The Rolling Stone recruited Sarah for his solo band the X-pensive Winos’ tour in 1988, and her vocals are often heard across the 77-year-old music legend’s three solo albums. The late singer also features on the ‘Satisfaction’ hitmakers’ 1989 album ‘Steel Wheels’.