RIP:: Joni Sledge, of Sister Sledge, best known for gay anthem, “We Are Family”

Every gay man who’s ever been on a dance floor or attended a Pride Parade knows the words to “We are Family.”  In fact, it’s practically required for getting one’s “official” Gay Card. Sadly, 70’s disco group, Sister Sledge is mourning the passing of sister Joni Sledge at the age of 60.

According to The Guardian,

“Sledge, 60, was found dead in her home in Phoenix, Arizona, by a friend on Friday… A cause of death has not been determined.

Sledge and her sisters Debbie, Kim and Kathy formed the Sister Sledge in 1971 in Philadelphia, their hometown, but struggled for years before success came. “The four of us had been in the music business for eight years and we were frustrated. We were saying: ‘Well, maybe we should go to college and just become lawyers or something other than music, because it really is tough’,” Sledge told the Guardian in an interview in 2016.

Their breakout soon came… [with the] album “We Are Family,” and the women had their first major hit with disco jam He’s The Greatest Dancer, which became a top 10 hit in May.1979.  But their biggest hit would come a month later with the title track, an infectious dance anthem that celebrated their familial connection with the refrain, “We are family, I got all my sisters with me”.

While it celebrated their sisterhood, the 1979 hit so also became an anthem for female empowerment and unity. It would become their signature hit and was nominated for a Grammy. Both the song and album sold more than 1M copies.”

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