It's Raining Martha Wash!

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Interviewing vocal powerhouse Martha Wash at Barracuda last night, I asked her how it feels to sing "It's Raining Men" as just one Weather Girl.

(The other one, Izora Armstead, sadly died in 2004.)

Wash said it was a little odd at first, but she eventually got used to it.

And why not, I say? Even Cher stopped looking over to Sonny after a while.

I also wanted to know the ramifications of Martha successfully suing C&C Music Factory in 1990 for using her voice on records, yet putting some skinny little thing in the video instead.

Can singers today collect cash if the same horrid act of identity replacement happens to them?

"If they have a good lawyer," she advised, wisely.

After Martha belted her new ballad, "I've Got You," and proved she doesn't need anyone else, I got to chat with all the men it was raining there that night -- like nouveau club kid AK-47, who had just turned 21.

Will he not be thrown out of clubs anymore?

"Not for that," AK replied with a half smile.

Well ... get a good lawyer.


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(Photo of Dallas Dubois, Martha Wash, and me by Brian Christopher Cummings)


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7 comments
Savannah Montgomery
Savannah Montgomery

One of my best memories of "the good ole days" was at 12 West and being thisclose to the stage when Sylvester and the girls performed...it was a surprise to me...HEAVEN!!!

Jaxtall
Jaxtall

I used to catch them at The Elephant Walk in the Castro on Sunday's coming from church...they blew my head off with the roof!!

latenitebump
latenitebump

love martha! glad some of the girls are still with us!saw them (martha and izora) perform live a few times back in the day.wow!

Steiner
Steiner

She sang behind Sylvester. Back, the backup duo was called Two Tons of Fun.

Jonster
Jonster

Ahhhhhh. My idol. What a voice. I wish I'd been there.

Lerv
Lerv

I loved Izora! But Martha does well with the song alone. She's one of those disco divas for the ages.

Davore
Davore

I was there and it was nice but too bad they had trouble getting the mics to work.

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