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KATHY SLEDGE was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. She started her recording career with Sister Sledge on the Money Back label with 1971's "Time Will Tell." A short time working as backup singers followed before the quartet enjoyed a series of R&B hits between 1974 and 1977. Two years later they entered a fruitful relationship with Chic masterminds Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards that resulted in several sparkling transatlantic hit singles, including "He's The Greatest Dancer," "We Are Family," and "Lost In Music." Kathy and the sisters then left the Chic organization and began to produce their own material in 1981. Although success in the USA waned, the quartet retained their UK popularity and two remixes of former hits served as a prelude to "Frankie," a simple but irrepressible song that reached Number One in 1985. Kathy Sledge left the group for a solo career in 1989, but the remaining trio continues to perform on the concert circuit and released an excellent comeback album, African Eyes, in 1998.