Thursday, June 20, 2024

RIP R&B Superstar Edna Wright of ’70s Girl Group the Honey Cone, Sister of Darlene Love, Dies at Age 76, Hits Include “Want Ads,” “Stick Up”


Edna Wright, the sister of pop star Darlene Love, and an R&B superstar in her own right, has died suddenly age 76.

Edna was the lead singer of the Honey Cone, a smash pop girl group of the early 70s. Their hits “Want Ads,” “Stick Up,” and “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show” are classics, played over and over on oldies stations and classic R&B. I didn’t know Edna, but I do know Darlene, and I am so sorry for her loss. It’s out loss, too. Edna had pipes! Holland Dozer Holland signed the Honey Cone to their Hot Wax/HDH Records when they left Motown, sensing a Supremes for a new generation. For about four years, from 1971 to 75, the Honey Cone permeated pop radio.

Darlene writes: “I’m in complete shock and so heartbroken by the sudden loss of my beautiful baby sister Enda. Please keep me and my family in your prayers during this very sad time for us. 😢💔🙏”

Thank you, Edna, for some of the greatest pop music ever. Rest in peace.

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