Sarah Dash was a talented American singer and actress who was well known as a member of the band LaBelle and as a session musician for artists like The Rolling Stones. As a solo artist, she gained notoriety for singles like the Top 10-charting disco track “Sinner Man.” She first appeared on the music scene as a member of Patti LaBelle & The Bluebelles. She originally joined The Ordettes, who later came to be known as Labelle, in 1959 whereas she also appeared in the infamous 1978 Beatles musical “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Apart from music, her focus since the early 1990s was on helping to raise money for homeless single women with children in New York. She received a citation from the deputy Mayor of New York City, Ruth Messinger, for her work and efforts in the underprivileged New York City community where she raised funds. Sadly, we lost her on 20th September 2021.
Sarah Dash Dies at 76
Sarah Dash, the singer who joined with Nona Hendryx and Patti LaBelle in the groundbreaking 1970s funk group Labelle has died on 20th September 2021 at age 76. She was announced in a statement by Trenton Mayor Reid Gusciora. He wrote: “Our resident music legend and Trenton’s very first music ambassador, Sarah Dash, has passed away.” No cause of death was given. Gusciora cited Ms. Dash’s work this year on a campaign to urge Trentonians to get vaccinated. “Her star will never fade from this city and the heart of its residents,” he wrote.
In a heartfelt Instagram post, LaBelle paid tribute to Dash: “We were just on-stage together on Saturday and it was such a powerful and special moment! #SarahDash was an awesomely talented, beautiful, and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in more ways than I can say. And I could always count on her to have my back! That’s who Sarah was…a loyal friend and a voice for those who didn’t have one. She was a true giver…always serving, always sharing her talent and her time.”
- Being a talented American singer and actress.
- For being a member of the band LaBelle and as a session musician for artists like The Rolling Stones.
Where was Sarah Dash from?
Sarah Dash took birth on 18th August 1945 in Trenton, New Jersey, U.S. She was American by nationality and African-American by ethnicity. Similarly, her religious belief was in the Christian religion. Sarah lastly celebrated her 76th birthday in the August of 2021 and as per her birth date, her zodiac sign was Leo. Thus, her race was black. Her father, Abraham Dash was a pastor at the Trenton Church of Christ, while her mother, Mary Elizabeth Dash was a nurse. She has sixteen siblings.
How was the Career of Sarah Dash?
- Sarah Dash kicked off her singing career joining Holte and Tucker in “The Ordettes” in 1961 as the group’s name was changed to Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles after Holte was advised to adopt the stage name of Patti Labelle.
- Birdsong left the group to join The Supremes in 1967 and four years later, The Bluebelles changed their name to Labelle and began recording material that set them apart from other girl groups including songs of political, social, and sexual matters, transforming them into a “hard-rocking, a sexually and politically outspoken group”
- In 1971, the group ditched their bouffant wigs and dresses for Afros and jeans, releasing transitional records such as “Labelle” and “Moon Shadow”. During this period, the group gained notice from the mainstream after opening for singer-songwriter Laura Nyro and recording an album, “Gonna Take a Miracle”, together.
- Also, they toured with British rock group The Who, leading up to the 1973 release of “Pressure Cookin'”.
- They gained much success after the release of 1974’s “Nightbirds” and 1975’s “Phoenix”. However, the group agreed to split after the trio failed to come to terms with the material following the release of 1976’s “Chameleon” and a 1977 tour.
- Sarah released her self-titled debut album in 1978, which included the top-ten disco hit, “Sinner Man” as well as she performed vocals on several ballads, notably “You,” and “We’re Lovers After All,” and “I Can’t Believe Someone Like You Could Really Love Me”.
- She enjoyed much success and television and public appearances with “Sinner Man” whereas she also guest-starred on an episode of “Watch Your Mouth” as “Tessie Bright”.
- On the Kirshner albums, and especially “Ooh La La, Sarah Dash”, (1980) she was given substandard material to work with, although she wrote “I Feel Good Being Me” for this album.
- Later she left Kirshner for other opportunities after releasing one more album Close “Enough” for Kirshner.
- As well, she released two dance singles for Megatone Records in San Francisco in 1983, both produced by Patrick Cowley. The first, “Low Down Dirty Rhythm” was basically ignored, but the second single “Lucky Tonight” was much more successful, even rising to the #5 spot on Billboard’s Dance Chart, and was even a Billboard “Pick of the Week.”
- She was signed to Manhattan Records in 1988, (via EMI) and released the album entitled “You’re All I Need”. She also released a little-noticed dance single in 1990, “When You Talk to Me/ Manhandled,” with Disc jockey Jellybean Benitez.
- Besides, Keith Richards invited Sarah to accompany him on tour in 1988: her association with him led to another world tour, a tour with Richards’ X-pensive Winos, appearances on two of his albums, and on The Rolling Stones’ “Steel Wheels” album in 1989.
- With Richards, she guested on “Live at the Hollywood Palladium” in 1988, and “Main Offender”, in 1992.
- As well, she developed her own one-woman show, “Dash of Diva” in the early 1990s and recorded as lead vocalist for “Rock Awhile”.
- She added her background vocals on the collaboration between Bo Diddley and Ronnie Wood’s “Live at the Ritz” album in 1992.
- She took a break to work on her autobiography, “Dash of Diva” and was honored by her hometown of Trenton, New Jersey, by being the grand marshal in the annual Thanksgiving Day Parade.
- It was announced in 2012 that Sarah planned to release a full-length gospel album whereas she released a ballad from the album called “I’m Still Here” in late 2011, and a dance music single “Hold On (He’ll Be Right There),” in May 2012.
- Additionally, she was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by The National R&B Music Society in 2016.
Who was Sarah Dash married to?
Sarah Dash was a married woman. However, at the time of her passing, she didn’t have a husband. But, she was previously married to saxophonist Sam Reed, according to this source. The pair were reportedly married in the 1960s/1970s for a brief period before calling it quits. Reed was a jazz musician whose long-term career included serving as music director for Teddy Pendergrass in the 1970s. They weren’t married for long and had no children together, although Reed later had children in other relationships. Concerning her sexual orientation, she was straight.
How much was Sarah Dash Net Worth?
Sarah Dash had a net worth of $3 million as of 2021. She also had a handsome amount of salary which was also in thousands of dollars per year. Sarah had earned a considerable amount of money from her profession as her major source of income was from her singing career. She had not done endorsement work for any brands till the time of her death.
How tall was Sarah Dash?
Sarah Dash stood at an ideal height with perfect body weight. She had good-looking curly black hair and dark brown eyes color. Sarah had the perfect body combined with good looks. She could carry off any look with great simplicity In addition, her body build type was average.