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‘I Got the Blues’ singer Sarah Dash dies at 76

Sarah Dash, of the Vocal Trio Labelle, a soul trio better known by the 1974 rock hit “I Got the Blues,” has died at age 76. Dynal Vroman Dash was born on August 28, 1947, in Laurel, Maryland. She attended the University of Maryland and graduated with a degree in biochemistry in 1965. She moved to Washington, D.C., a year later. Before finding success in the R&B/pop trio with Linda Barbieri and Leslie Odom Jr., Dash

studied vocals. She took vocal lessons and reportedly had been in demand at the Dance Loft in D.C. for several years. Numerous television commercials and magazine covers were on Dash’s resumé before Labelle even became a thing. However, when a short film titled “Single Ladies” came out, Dash, Barbieri and Odom became name-drops, along with the music of the 1980s pop groups, DeBarge and New Edition. Dash, who as a

member of Labelle was known by the last name of her husband, Brian, composed the theme song for the TV series “General Hospital” in the early ’80s. According to Vroman’s website, she also wrote several theme songs for the soap operas “Falcon Crest” and “Moonlighting.” Ironically, Dash and Barbieri were married to spouses that were the children of her fellow Labelle members.

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