Patti Labelle and Nona Hendryx accomplished the trio. They introduced Sprint’s loss of life Monday on social media. No reason behind loss of life was disclosed.
“We spoke a musical language, music says it greatest. Singing introduced us collectively,” wrote Hendryx.
“Sarah Sprint was an awesomely gifted, lovely and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in additional methods than I can say,” Labelle wrote. “Relaxation in energy my expensive sister.”
Sprint initially began within the group The Ordettes, earlier than it morphed into The Bluebells after which into Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles. Within the early Seventies, they shortened it to Labelle, modified their outfits and veered towards funk, with all three members singing lead and background.
They made gospel-soul covers of rock songs, and their unique tunes included the ballad “Can I Communicate to You Earlier than You Go to Hollywood?” “Morning A lot Higher” and “Contact Me All Over.”
However the group’s best-known tune was “Girl Marmalade,” a music about New Orleans intercourse employees from their 1974 album “Nightbirds.”
“Girl Marmalade” reached No. 1 on each the Billboard Sizzling 100 and Sizzling Soul Singles (now Sizzling R&B/Hip-Hop Songs). It was voted into the Grammy Corridor of Fame in 2003 and seems in each Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive 2001 film “Moulin Rouge” and the Broadway musical impressed by the movie.
Labelle disbanded in 1976. Sprint, a local of New Jersey, continued performing as a solo singer, releasing a number of albums over time. She wrote music with Keith Richards and toured with the Rolling Stones.
The Related Press contributed to this report.