Au Revoir, Joni

2017/03/12

Sixty is supposed to be the new forty, or so I’ve been told by quite a few sixtysomethings. Now I find out that Joni’s dead. No, not Joni Mitchell, but the melodic-voiced charismatic, pretty sibling of Philly R&B group Sister Sledge:  Joni Sledge.

Only last week I was checking out Sister Sledge’s live performances of the near past in Western Europe via YouTube. I was singing along with them, from “We Are Family”: Have faith in you and the things you do / You won’t go wrong (oh no) / This is a family jewel. But I didn’t see Joni, whom I often thought the most vivacious of the ensemble — after Kathy — and the most vocally talented. Now she’s gone. A family jewel, dead at sixty.

 

Goodbye, Joni.

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Sister Sledge

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