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Thread started 05/07/19 7:05pm

mikemike13

Nona Hendryx on Labelle, Songwriting & Baby Go Go

Nona Hendryx has been “the wild one” ever since she was a member of the legendary soul group, Labelle. Standing next to her sisters in song — a trio of voices that also included Patti LaBelle and Sarah Dash, and which writer Theo Kogan once described as “[sliding] with perfection from belts and howls into precision harmonized vibrato” — Nona was always the one who seemed just a little more rock and roll. Through her work as a lyricist on the group’s 1970s albums Moon Shadow, Nightbirds and Chameleon, Hendryx began pushing the once-traditional girl group towards more sonic experimentation. As heard in the dusty grooves “Space Children” and “You Turn Me On,” just two of the songs she contributed to Labelle’s extensive discography, Hendryx wasn’t shy about revealing that wild side of her persona. However, after almost two decades of hits (including the 1974 Number One smash, “Lady Marmalade”), the ladies would go their separate ways in 1976. Twelve months later, when Hendryx released her self-titled solo debut album, she was determined to bust out completely.



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Reply #1 posted 05/08/19 6:20am

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Nona has always been highly underrated as a solo artist. I was really excited when her RCA catalog was reissued on CD a few years ago. The "Nona" album is amazing. Unfortunately, her biggest hit, the Jam & Lewis produced "Why Should I Cry" from 1987, seems to have faded into obscurity. neutral


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Reply #2 posted 05/08/19 7:40am

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I remember I saw Nona Hendryx in the benefit performance of The Who's TOMMY Musical at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood . This fundraiser assisted The Elevate Hope Foundation(Co-Founded by Sheila E. and her bestie/manager/band member Lynn Mabry whom was also in attendance it was the first time I encountered Sheila up close & personal) to raise much needed funds for the Music and Arts Enrichment Program for Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. Nona was AMAZING in it!

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"4 all of us, life is death without adventure,& adventure only comes 2 those who are willing 2 b daring & take chances." prince AMA's 1985
“When eye say, ‘eye own “Purple Rain,” eye sound like Kanye.” He paused.“Who eye consider a friend.”
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Reply #3 posted 05/08/19 9:13pm

SoulAlive

ChocolateBox3121 said:

I remember I saw Nona Gaye in the benefit performance of The Who's TOMMY Musical at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood . This fundraiser assisted The Elevate Hope Foundation(Co-Founded by Sheila E. and her bestie/manager/band member Lynn Mabry whom was also in attendance it was the first time I encountered Sheila up close & personal) to raise much needed funds for the Music and Arts Enrichment Program for Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. Nona was AMAZING in it!



You’re not confusing *Nona Gaye* with Nona Hendryx,are you?
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Reply #4 posted 05/13/19 12:18pm

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kitbradley said:

Nona has always been highly underrated as a solo artist. I was really excited when her RCA catalog was reissued on CD a few years ago. The "Nona" album is amazing. Unfortunately, her biggest hit, the Jam & Lewis produced "Why Should I Cry" from 1987, seems to have faded into obscurity. neutral


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Nona was rumoured to have gone out with Carole Pope (Rought Trade), in the early 80's. Carole and band mate Kevin Staples wrote Transformation for Nona (83). Carole would end up with Dusty Springfield who she was with unitl Dusty's death.

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Reply #5 posted 05/13/19 12:46pm

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SoulAlive said:

ChocolateBox3121 said:

I remember I saw Nona Gaye in the benefit performance of The Who's TOMMY Musical at the Ricardo Montalban Theatre in Hollywood . This fundraiser assisted The Elevate Hope Foundation(Co-Founded by Sheila E. and her bestie/manager/band member Lynn Mabry whom was also in attendance it was the first time I encountered Sheila up close & personal) to raise much needed funds for the Music and Arts Enrichment Program for Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services. Nona was AMAZING in it!

You’re not confusing *Nona Gaye* with Nona Hendryx,are you?

Sorry typo...

"4 all of us, life is death without adventure,& adventure only comes 2 those who are willing 2 b daring & take chances." prince AMA's 1985
“When eye say, ‘eye own “Purple Rain,” eye sound like Kanye.” He paused.“Who eye consider a friend.”
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