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Sister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, formed in 1972 and consisting of four singers, all of whom are sisters: Kim, Debbie, Joni, and Kathy Sledge. First entering the UK Charts in 1975 with Mama Never Told Me, their career went into decline before it revived under the magisterial production skills of Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards of CHIC. This association gave them their biggest successes which came in 1979: the popular disco anthems "We Are Family" (#1 R&B, #2 Pop in the USA) and "He's the Greatest Dancer" (#1 R&B, #9 Pop in the USA). Both songs were included on their 8-song 1979 album We Are Family. Their follow up album was 1980's Love Somebody Today, which included the songs Got to Love Somebody (#6 R&B and #64 Pop in the USA, #34 Pop in the UK) and Pretty Baby.

Switching to producer Narada Michael Walden in 1981, they released the album All-American Girls, yielding two hits (the title track, which reached #3 R&B and #79 Pop in the USA and #41 Pop in the UK, and "Next Time You'll Know", which reached #28 R&B in the USA). The sisters continued singing new material throughout the 1980s and 1990s. They achieved an international #1 hit with Frankie in 1985 (#1 in the UK for 4 weeks); surprisingly the follow-up single, Dancing on the Jagged Edge, failed to make the UK Top 40. Their album African Eyes was released in 1998. In 2004 they headlined the International Food and Wine Festival at the Epcot theme park.

Their biggest hits have been re-released several times in the UK, often in newly-remixed versions which keep them sounding new and up–to–date. We Are Family is regarded by the feminist movement as a totemic statement – it reached number 7 in 1979, number 33 in 1984 and number 5 in 1993. Lost in Music reached number 17 in 1979, number 4 in 1984 and number 14 in 1993. Thinking of You reached number 11 in 1984 and number 17 in 1993. Originally their biggest UK hit back in 1979, peaking at number 6, He's the Greatest Dancer has not been a hit again in the UK as an updated version, although Will Smith sampled the backing music in his top 3 UK hit Gettin' Jiggy Wit It.
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