Disco Divas Martha Wash, Evelyn 'Champagne' King & Linda Clifford Hit Dance Club Songs Top 10
The First Ladies of Disco fly into the top 10 of Billboard's Dance Club Songs chart (dated July 25) with "Show Some Love" (15-9). Who are the first ladies? Actually, a diva supergroup: Martha Wash, Evelyn "Champagne" King and Linda Clifford.
"We are three very diverse singers whose careers have spanned the disco era all the way to the present," Wash said. Their new single, she adds, is timely. "We have a message to deliver to our fans with this song that says it's okay to show your love to any[one] and everyone. In this world we live in today, we desperately need more positivity. The ladies and I have come together to help promote that positive mindset."
The three singers have logged notable solo success almost since Dance Club Songs launched as a national survey in 1976. Clifford tallied four No. 1s in 1978-82, including her last, "Don't Come Crying to Me"/"Let It Ride" in 1982. King boasts six solo top 10s (through 1996), including her debut, "Shame" (No. 8, 1977), and the No. 1s "I'm in Love" (1981) and "Love Come Down" (1982).
Wash has posted seven solo Dance Club Songs top 10s, most recently as featured on Tony Moran's "Free People," which hit No. 1 in May. She's also best known as half of the Weather Girls, who ruled in 1982 with their classic "It's Raining Men," and as the uncredited vocalist on Black Box's "Everybody Everybody" and C+C Music Factory's "Gonna Make you Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)," both of which hit No. 1 on Dance Club Songs in 1990.
Remixes from Razor N' Guido, Funky Junction and John LePage & Brian Cua, among a plethora of others, are contributing to the rise of "Love."