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The Brides of Funkenstein

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Lynn Mabry & Dawn Silva, previously background singers for Sly Stone, joined P-Funk in 1977. Clinton named them The Brides of Funkenstein and recorded their first album, "Funk Or Walk", for Atlantic Records in 1978.

The Brides of Funkenstein charted at Number 7 on the R&B Hit charts, "Disco To Go" was certified gold. The duo became the opening act fixture of the P-Funk road shows. Lynn Mabry Left the group in 1979. Dawn Silva original lead vocalist would pick up the torch and invite back-up vocalist "Bridesmaids", Sheila Horne & Jeanette McGruder to sing on the second Brides album, "Never Buy Texas From A Cowboy". Critics review; Texas single and live shows were written to be explosive.

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 trio recorded a third album, "Shadows On The Wall" in 1980. Most of the Brides material from the un-released third album was filtered throughout the Clinton family series catalouge. Dawn Silva and Lynn Mabry had a brief reunion in 1981 as the New Wave Brides, opening for Grace Jones, and a lenghty tour with Grammy award winner and rocker, Don Fagenson (Was Not Was). Dawn Silva released her debut solo CD in 2000, "All MY FUNKY FRIENDS, *****, 5 stars, garnishing rave reviews in Europe and Asia. Silva's debut efforts are stated to be the only authenic funk record to be released in over 2 decades.

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