Edna Wright, Honey Cone Singer, Dies At 76 – Edna Wright, best known as the lead singer of The Honey Cone, the girl group that went to No. 1 on the Hot 100 with the song “Want Ads” in 1971, has died.
Edna Wright, Honey Cone Singer, Dies At 76:
Edna Wright, the lead singer of the early 1970s R&B group Honey Cone, died Saturday at the age of 76.
Wright’s sister, singer Darlene Love, confirmed the news of her passing with a statement posted on social media Saturday night (Sept. 12).
“I’m in complete shock and so heartbroken by the sudden loss of my beautiful baby sister,” Love wrote on Facebook. “Please keep me and my family in your prayers during this very sad time for us.”
Edna Wright, who reportedly suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, suffered a heart attack at a hospital in Encino, Calif.
“I didn’t just fall into The Honey Cone,” Wright said in an interview in 2019, speaking of her group with Carolyn Willis and Shelly Clark, formed in the late ’60s. “I dreamed of that. I watched Diana Ross. I watched Martha Reeves, and I said, ‘Oh, that’s phenomenal.’”
“It was very positive,” she said of “Want Ads,” reflecting on the hit. “It was a girl that was just really tired of stupid. She was the kind of girl who knew how to say no, and knew how to reach for what she wanted.”
Wright added, “I always try to put out positive songs that reflect, that I can watch through this life and say, ‘Yeah, that was me. I’m proud of that.’”
“We have something that everybody should know. We have one mouth, and we have two ears. We should learn to hear and listen better and speak less, and then we’ll win what we’re going after,” she said.
Edna Wright, Lead Singer Of ‘Want Ads’ R&B Group Honey Cone And Sister Of Darlene Love, Dead:
According to Wright’s bio on All Music, she was a native of Los Angele and was involved in the music business before her association with Honey Cone. Wright’s first group was known as The Blossoms. The bio says that both Love and Wright began by singing gospel music with the Church of God in Christ Singers but later switched completely to “secular” RnB.
Edna Wright formed Honey Cone in 1969 alongside Shellie Clark and Carolyn Wills. Clark was formerly a backup singer with Ike & Tina Turner. The group’s biggest hit was 1971’s “Want Ads.” The song was covered by Taylor Dane in 1988. The group split in 1973 after a string of failed singles. Wright pursued a solo career, singing back-up vocals for many artists and releasing a solo album Oops! Here I Go Again in 1976. Honey Cone was signed to the record label Hot Wax. In 1988, Wright sang back-up vocals on U2’s single “Desire.”
Wright’s most recent activity on Facebook saw her share a photo with RnB legend Martha Reeves. One fan paid tribute to Wright on the Honey Cone official Facebook page writing, “I love you so much my beautiful prayer partner Edna Wright, my heart is broken. You are so amazing and spirit-filled. You now rejoice with God! I will always Love you! REST QUEEN!”
One section of the book, The Billboard Book of Number One Hits, details that in the 1960s, Edna Wright met the disgraced producer, Phil Spector. Spector’s associate, Jack Nitzsche, produced Honey Cone’s early work.