2020-09-12 19:13:47 UTC
Unconfirmed but from a reliable source, Edna Wright, cofounder and lead singer of the R&B group Honey Cone, has died. Honey Cone was a one hit wonder in 1971 with “Want Ads, which reached #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.” Wright was the younger sister of Darlene Love. Following is a brief Wiki bio...
Edna Wright, a Los Angeles native, grew up singing in the church. Her father, Bishop J.W. Wright, was a pastor at King's Holiness Chapel in Los Angeles. She began her career in a gospel group called The COGIC (Church of God in Christ) singers in 1960.
Through her sister, singer Darlene Love, she met producer Phil Spector. Jack Nitzsche, an associate of Spector, produced her first feature recording in 1964. Wright sang lead on "Yes Sir, That's My Baby" by Hale and the Hushabyes which was a pseudonym for a group that included Brian Wilson, Sonny & Cher, Jackie DeShannon. That year she released her debut solo single "A Touch of Venus," which led to a nationwide nightclub tour.
Between 1965 and 1967, Wright recorded as Sandy Wynns. She then became a backing vocalist for the Righteous Brothers, Johnny Rivers then for Ray Charles who asked her to join the Raelettes.