Lady Marmalade singer Sarah Dash dies at 76 as tributes for the star pour in

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Lady Marmalade singer and 1970s music legend Sarah Dash has died aged 76.

The former member of R&B group LaBelle died on Monday (September 20). In 2016 the National R&B Music Society gave Sarah the Lifetime Achievement Award.

LaBelle's iconic tune Lady Marmalade was released in 1974, with its catchy chorus "voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?" now world famous.

The song was later covered by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Lil' Kim and Mya in 2001 for the film Moulin Rouge! released the same year.

LaBelle cofounder Patti LaBelle said in a statement on Billboard: "We were just onstage together on Saturday [September 18] and it was such a powerful and special moment.

"Sarah Dash was an awesomely talented, beautiful and loving soul who blessed my life and the lives of so many others in more ways than I can say.

"She was a true giver, always serving and sharing her talent and time. I am heartbroken, as I know all of her loved ones and fans are.

"But I know that Sarah's spirit and all that she has given to the world live on. And I pray that her precious memory brings us peace and comfort. Rest in power my dear sister. I love you always!"

Sarah was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on August 18 1945.

Having created a musical double act called The Capris, she then formed a quartet with Patti, Nona Hendryx and Sundray Tucker called The Ordettes in the mid 1960s.

The group was renamed The Bluebelles in 1962 when Cindy Birdsong replaced Sundray. They would go on to open for the Rolling Stones during that decade before she, Patti and Nona formed LaBelle.

Famous for their striking dress sense and even more striking vocals, LaBelle opened for several bands including The Who before making it big in the 1970s.

It was their 1974 album Nightbirds that brought the world Lady Marmalade. They released two more albums, Phoenix (1975) and Chameleon (1976), before they split.

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