Sunday, December 20, 2009
She was the half-sister of singer Pennye Ford, her father Gene Redd was a producer/music director at King Records, her stepfather performed with Benny Goodman's orchestra and her brother Gene Redd Jr. was a writer/producer for Kool & the Gang and BMP
Sharon started her career in 1968, releasing four singles on the United Artists record label. She also performed in the Australian version of "Hair," starred in a few Australian movies, was a guest star in the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" movie and was a member of Bette Midler's Harlettes.
In 1979, she recorded the song "Love Insurance" on Panorama Records under the name "Front Page." Even though the song was a disco hit, Sharon's vocals were uncredited on the song. After that, she received a record contract with Prelude Records.
The singles "Beat the Street," "Never Give You Up" and "In the Name of Love" were moderately successful in the U.K. "Beat The Street" peaked at #41 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks.
In the '90s, she recorded a single entitled "All The Way to Love" with Les Adams. The song became her last solo recording and remains unreleased.
On May 1, 1992, Sharon sadly passed away from pneumonia at the age of 46. Her death was reported to be AIDS-related. She was planning a comeback to the music scene before her death.
In 1993, her sister Pennye dropped the "e" from her name and released her self-titled debut album which featured a duet with Sharon.
To see the music video for "Beat the Street," go to:
To see a video of Sharon performing "Never Give You Up," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "In The Name of Love," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Can You Handle It," go to:
To see a fan-made video for "Love How You Feel," go to:
[updated on 06/02/13]