Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sharon Redd

Sharon Redd (born on October 19, 1945 in Norfolk, Virginia) was a dance/R&B singer from the '80s.

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.
In 1980, Sharon released her self-titled debut album which didn't appear to make the Billboard album charts.
The first single "Can You Handle It" peaked at #5 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart, #57 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 9 weeks and #31 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The follow-up single "You Got My Love" was released, but didn't appear to make the music charts at all.
In 1982, Sharon released her sophomore album "Redd Hot" which peaked at #59 on the U.K. Albums chart, but didn't make the charts in the United States. All the tracks from the album topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart for a week in October of 1982.

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 1983, Sharon released her third album "Love How You Feel" which didn't appear to make the album charts in the United States or United Kingdom.
The title song peaked at #16 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart and #39 on the U.K. Singles chart.
The second single from the album, "Liar on the Wire" peaked at #39 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart.
The last single from the album "You're A Winner" peaked at #83 on the U.K. Singles chart. After that, Sharon went back to being a background vocalist.
In 1989, Sharon released her greatest hits album on Unidisc Records. It's unknown how or if the album made the charts.

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:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PO3tduzd-zA

To see a video of Sharon performing "Never Give You Up," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTCEvesRUqo

To see a fan-made video for "In The Name of Love," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1gsHytB-pCk

To see a fan-made video for "Can You Handle It," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QygNcBBQCfc

To see a fan-made video for "Love How You Feel," go to:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N30vVEzYppI


[updated on 06/02/13]

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