This Day in Black History: Oct. 9, 1944

This Day in Black History: Oct. 9, 1944

Singer and songwriter Nona Hendryx was born in Trenton, New Jersey.

Published October 9, 2014

Nona Hendryx was born in Trenton, New Jersey, on Oct. 9, 1944. Hendryx is known for being a part of the singing group LaBelle, which was famous for the hit song "Lady Marmalade."

Hendryx dropped out of the group to become a solo artist in the late '80s. In 1987, she had her biggest commercial success with the single “Why Should I Cry?”

Hendryx is a distant cousin to the late Jimi Hendrix

More recently, LaBelle reunited to release Back to Now on Verve in 2008. Hendryx also contributed to the soundtrack for the movie Precious. She’s also been a gay rights activist for many years.

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Written by Melissa Quinones

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