Sister Sledge perform Lost In Music on the Dutch television show Toppop (1979). The song was written and produced by Nile Rodgers (guitar) and Bernard Edwards (bass) from the band Chic.
Lost In Music, from the hit album We Are Family (1979), is arguably the very best song Sister Sledge ever recorded. Its lead vocals are sung by ever glamourous Joni Sledge (Philadelphia, PA, 13 September 1956), and they are some of the finest, if not the absolute finest vocals of her career. Her infectious ‘Tadadada tada tada tada da da…’ at 3:22 is legendary already.
The beautiful Joni Sledge died from yet unknown causes on 10 March 2017 in her home in Phoenix, Arizona. She was sixty years old.
On this day in music history: March 31, 1979 - “He’s The Greatest Dancer” by Sister Sledge hits #1 on the Billboard R&B singles chart for 1 week, also peaking at #9 on the Hot 100 on May 12, 1979. Written and produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers, it is the first chart topping single for the Philadelphia, PA based R&B family vocal quartet. Following their breakthrough success with their self titled first album and the singles “Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)”, and “Everybody Dance”, Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers are offered their choice of artists to work with on Atlantic Records roster. They specifically ask to work with the artist who has sold the least amount of records, vowing to write and produce a hit record for them. They choose Sister Sledge, a quartet of sisters who are favorites of the label executives, but have failed to score a major hit while signed to Atlantic Records Cotillion label. While Edwards and Rodgers are concurrently working on the second Chic album “C'est Chic” and Sister Sledge’s album “We Are Family”, they write the songs “I Want Your Love” and “He’s The Greatest Dancer”. The track is recorded at The Power Station in New York City, featuring the members of Chic playing on the basic track. The background vocals are arranged by Luther Vandross who is also among the chorus of voices on the song. Edwards and Rodgers originally intend “Dancer” to be for Chic while “I Want Your Love” is intended for Sister Sledge. They switch songs, giving “He’s The Greatest Dancer” to the sisters which becomes their long awaited breakthrough hit, helping drive sales of the “We Are Family” album to Platinum status in the US. “Dancer” resurfaces in sampled form when actor/rapper Will Smith uses the track as the basis for his single “Gettin’ Jiggy With It” hitting the top of the Hot 100 in March of 1998, two weeks shy of nineteen years after Sister Sledge tops the R&B chart. “He’s The Greatest Dancer” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Sisters Joni, Debbie, Kim and Kathy Sledge were the granddaughters of opera singers. Sister Sledge was formed in 1972. “We Are Family,” reached number one on the R&B charts and number two on the pop charts in 1979.