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FOREVER FAMILY

WITH LASTING SUCCESS SEEMINGLY OUT OF REACH, SISTER SLEDGE WERE ON THE VERGE OF SPLITTING UP. KIM SLEDGE TELLS CLASSIC POP HOW A CHANCE MEETING CHANGED THEIR LIVES.

SISTER SLEDGE

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“We’d decided that we were going to stop to pursue our university careers, school, and just finish everything up. We’d never really decided to form a singing group, it just kind of evolved.” KIM SLEDGE

Sister Sledge were ready to quit. Though they’d tasted success abroad and played some amazing shows (notably with James Brown at the 1974 Ali/Foreman Rumble In The Jungle boxing spectacular), as they prepared to put their teenage years behind them, the four American siblings suspected their singing careers had hit a wall. Maybe it was time to give it up and move on? Yet a chance meeting was about to change the course of their lives – and it wasn’t with Chic.

“We’d had international success and that was much more prevalent than US success”, recalls Kim Sledge of the quartet’s position, circa 1977. “In Japan, we were Top 10, we were doing well in England and in other nations, too. We’d been performing for a good 10 years or so. But…”

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Issue 45 of Classic Pop magazine is on sale now! In the latest issue our cover stars are Boy George and Culture Club – we grab an in-depth interview with the iconic singer and guitarist Roy Hay as the band return with their first studio album in almost 20 years. We also find out what life was like inside Prince's backing group The Revolution from band member Lisa Coleman and hear from the Purple One's archivist Michael Howe about further unreleased material from the legendary singer. Need a buyer's guide to Pet Shop Boys? We look at the duo's complete career in our Lowdown feature. Former Fairground Attraction frontwoman Eddi Reader tells us all about her new album Cavalier and we also meet Sister Sledge who look back on their disco heyday. New albums from Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Blancmange and Neneh Cherry get the once-over alongside reissues by Yazoo, Pixies, Cocteau Twins, David Sylvian and much more. We also review live shows including Gabrielle, Simple Minds and The Proclaimers. Enjoy the issue!