- Norma Jean Wright
Norma Jean Wright (born in Elyria, Ohio) was the lead vocalist of the soul, R&B and disco group Chic, from 1977 to 1978. Before joining Chic in 1977, she sang in the female trio, the Topettes, and toured for a short time with The Spinners. She also attended Ohio State University.
Most notably, Norma Jean Wright sang lead vocal on Chic's debut album, Chic, which includes the hits "Dance, Dance, Dance (Yowsah, Yowsah, Yowsah)" (#6 Pop, #6 R&B in January 1978) and "Everybody Dance" (#38 Pop, #12 R&B in April 1978).
She left Chic in 1978 to begin a solo career, billed as "Norma Jean". In July 1978, she scored her first R&B Top 20 hit, "Saturday" (#15), from her debut album, Norma Jean on the Bearsville Records label, produced by Bernard Edwards and Nile Rodgers. In January 1980, she scored her second (and last) R&B Top 20 hit, "High Society" (#19), also produced by the Chic team. Other popular songs of Norma Jean Wright, include the following: "Sorcerer" from debut album Norma Jean (1978), "Having a Party" from Norma Jean (1978), "I Like Love" from Norma Jean (1978), "Hold Me Lonely Boy" (1979), "Love Attack" (1983), "Shot in the Dark" (1984) "Every Bit of This Love" (1985). In 2004 "I Like Love" would be sampled by the British Dance project Solitaire for their club hit "I Like Love (I Love Love)."
Norma Jean Wright also sang as a backing vocalist with the following artists: C+C Music Factory, Constina, Randy Crawford, Will Downing, Aretha Franklin, Fantasy, Debbie Gibson, Nelson Rangell, Luther Vandross, Madonna, Sister Sledge, Nick Scotti & Freddie Jackson.
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