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Sharon Redd

Sharon Redd is practically synonymous with Prelude Records, the New York label that released some of the most thrilling dance music of the late '70s and early '80s. Redd released three albums on the label and racked up a number of club hits that have long since become classics with disco and house DJs who continue to rightly view the era with great reverence. While disco was dying during the early '80s, artists like Redd kept the flame alive and also took the form one step further by incorporating more song-based R&B elements.

Prior to becoming a solo artist, Redd -- the daughter of a King Records employee, the stepdaughter of a Benny Goodman side musician, and the sister of a songwriter for Kool & the Gang -- was involved with theater. During the '70s, both an Australian production of Hair and an American production of The Wedding of Iphigenia featured Redd in lead roles. After this, she gained more exposure through a popular advertising campaign for Shaffer Beer; this helped her land a background vocalist gig for Bette Midler. Other work followed for Carol Douglas, Bonnie Raitt, Gwen McCrae ("Love Insurance"), and Norman Connors ("You Are My Starship"), and by the end of the decade, she had a solo deal with Prelude. Sharon Redd (1980), Redd Hot (1982), and Love How You Feel (1983) were issued in quick session on the label. Though none of her singles had a huge impact on the R&B charts, the story was much different in clubs, where "Can You Handle It," "Never Give You Up," "Beat the Street," and "Love How You Feel" -- just to name a few -- were spun with great frequency.

After her third and final Prelude album, Redd slowed down and occasionally did more session work. She re-appeared briefly in 1991 for another solo single, but that would prove to be her final output of note. She succumbed to pneumonia complications on January 5, 1992. Unidisc kept her albums in print in CD format, and a couple anthologies have also kept her material in circulation. ~ Andy Kellman, Rovi
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nyc garage style
it brings me back memories of fun I play her songs all the time
marty.8230
It never gets old
marty.8230
Songs that you can really dance to not that sh*t that in the radio these days this is music
Beat the Street, Can You Handle It, and Love How Feel are my classic favorites by Sharon Redd. She had an incredible voice and sound that made me put my dancing shoes on immediately! I miss her dearly. RIP Ms. Redd.
I REMEMBER GOING TO STUDIO 54 WHEN; MIKE STONE PRODUTIONS TOOK OVER.. &; HE HAD HER PERFORM..THE FIRST WORDS THAT SHE SAID WAS "CAN YOU HANDLE IT"..She bent over & I WAS IN THE FRONT ROW..."WOW WILL NEVER 4 get that day!! The GOOD OLD DAYS!!!
Sharon. Redd. Her Song. Beat The. Street. Tells. Anyone To Never. Give. Up. And. Always. Believe In. Your. Self. And. That. Song. Gives. Will. Power. I. Love. That. Song. Like. It's. new.
gllrmmd
song is still the best -
I love can you handle it......One of my favorite : )
beat the strets ib my all time favoritedisc o aera song thanks, sharon

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