Wednesday, April 28, 2010

The Weather Girls

The Weather Girls are a female R&B\dance group that formed in the early 80's. The original members consisted of Martha Wash (born on December 28, 1953 in San Francisco, California) and Izora Rhodes Armstead (born July 6, 1942 in San Leandro, California).

Martha and Izora started their music career in the gospel group, NOW and soon became backup singers for singer Sylvester.
They were originally known as "Two Tons O' Fun" and scored three dance hits, "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven," "I Got the Feeling" and "Just Us".

They also released two albums in 1980. After that, the duo changed their name to the Weather Girls.
In 1982, the group released their first single "It's Raining Men" which became a hit, peaking at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100, topped Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play Singles chart for 2 weeks and peaked at #34 on Billboard's Hot Soul Singles chart, staying on the chart for 18 weeks.

It was an international success, selling over six million copies worldwide. The song was written in 1979 by Paul Jabara & Paul Shaffer and it was offered to singers Diana Ross, Donna Summer, Barbra Streisand & Cher before being accepted by the Weather Girls.
A year later, the duo released their debut album "Success" which didn't chart at all on the Billboard 200 chart.
The second single "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man this Christmas)" was released, but didn't chart even though a music video was made for the single.
The third single from the album "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Head" didn't appear to make the charts at all.
The last single from the album, the title song, peaked at #89 on Billboard's Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 3 weeks.
In 1985, the Weather Girls released their sophomore album "Big Girls Don't Cry" which didn't chart on the Billboard 200.
The first single from the album "No One Can Love You More Than Me" peaked at #26 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Club Play chart and #15 on Billboard's Hot Dance Music\Maxi-Singles Sales chart.
The second single, "Well-A-Wiggy" peaked at #76 on Billboard's Hot Black Singles chart, staying on the chart for only 4 weeks.
In 1988, the Weather Girls released their third self-titled album which failed to chart at all and only two singles "Love You Like a Train" and "Land of the Believer" were released.
Soon after, the Weather Girls went their separate ways. Martha Wash went on to provide vocals for dance and house music tracks.

She sang on tracks for Black Box, Seduction and most well-known for C+C Music Factory's #1 hit, "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)."

Disappointed that her plus-sized image wasn't included in the music videos for the songs she sang, Martha successfully sued for credit and royalities for her contributions to the songs she sang.
Martha released her self-titled debut album in 1993 which managed to score two successful dance hits.

She contributed two songs for the "D2: The Mighty Ducks" soundtrack and "The First Wives Club" soundtrack. She performed at numerous gay pride events and continues to be active in the music biz.

After the original Weather Girls split up, Izora moved to Germany and formed the German version of the Weather Girls with her daughter, Dynell.

In 2002, the group entered the German final to the 2002 Eurovision Song Contest with the song "Get Up" and finished 13th out of 15.

Sadly on September 16, 2004, Izora passed away of heart failure at the age of 62 in San Leandro, Alameda County, California where she is also buried.

These days, the Weather Girls consist of Dynell and Ingrid Arthur. In late 2005, they released the album "Totally Wild" and scored an underground club hit with the song "Wild Thang."

In 2008, the duo was featured on the #1 American dance hit "Break You" by Ralph Franklin. In 2009, they released the album "The Woman I Am." They appear to continue reporting.

These days, Martha Wash continues to be active in the music business and a notable star in the gay community. In 2013, she released her sophomore album "Something Good."

To see the Weather Girls' website, go to:

To see Martha Wash's official website, go to:
http://www.marthawash.com

To see the music video for "It's Raining Men," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ko3yBFoTm5c

To see the music video for "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)," go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0CKRAPRAlNU

To see the music video for "Well-A-Wiggy," go to:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GKpW6nqJE8

[updated on 03\08\14]

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