- The Brides of Funkenstein
Infobox musical artist
Name = The Brides of Funkenstein
Name = The Brides of Funkenstein
Img_capt = The Brides Of Funkenstein (Lynn Mabry and Dawn Silva) in 1978
Background = group_or_band
Label = Atlantic
Parliament, Funkadelic, Eddie Hazel
Lynn Mabry, Dawn Silva, Sheila Horne, Jeanette McGruder
The Brides of Funkenstein was a
funkmusical group originally composed of singers Dawn Silvaand Lynn Mabry.
Previously background singers for Sly Stone, Mabry and Silva joined the
P-Funkcollective in 1977. George Clinton named the group (based on the scenario and characters from the Parliament album " The Clones of Dr. Funkenstein") and produced their first album, " Funk Or Walk", for Atlantic Recordsin 1978. Their debut album skyrocketed to success, selling over three hundred thousand copies within the first week as well as winning a record world award for best new female group.Fact|date=April 2007
The Brides of Funkenstein charted at Number 7 on the R&B Hit charts; the single single release "Disco To Go" was certified gold in America and reached platinum status in Europe and Asia. The duo became the opening act fixture of the P-Funk road shows; as well as performing with Parliament Funkadelic.
Lynn Mabry left the group in 1979. Dawn Silva, the original lead vocalist, would pick up the torch and invite back-up vocalist "Bridesmaids"
Sheila Horneand Jeanette McGruderto sing on the second Brides album, " Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy".
Dawn Silva, Sheila Horne and Jeanette McGruder were to receive a Cashbox Rhythm & Blues award for best new female artist, beating out
The Pointer Sisters, Sister Sledge, and Cheryl Lynn. The Brides' second album was rated in 2001 by " Rolling Stone" as one of the top 25 albums ever released.Fact|date=April 2007
The trio recorded a third album, "Shadows On The Wall, Shaped Like The Hat You Wore" in 1980. Most of the Brides' material from the un-released third album was gradually featured, song by song, throughout the P-Funk catalogue. Lynn Mabry toured with
Talking Headsin 1984, appearing in the famed concert film " Stop Making Sense" along with co-founder P-Funk colleague Bernie Worrell.
Dawn Silva and Lynn Mabry had a brief reunion in 1981 as the New Wave Brides, opening for
Grace Jones, and a lengthy tour with Was (Not Was). Dawn Silva would tour and record with the Gap Bandfrom 1983 to 1991, moving on to work with Ice Cube(Boyz in The Hood). She released her debut solo CD in 2000. Entitled "All My Funky Friends," it garnered rave reviews in Europe and Asia.
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