Izora Rhodes-Armstead was an American singer-songwriter. Known for her distinctive and alto voice, Armstead first achieved fame as one half of the successful act Two Tons O’ Fun who sang backup vocals for American disco singer Sylvester. After gaining their own record deal, they released three consecutive commercially successful songs which all peaked at number 2 in the dance charts. The duo was renamed The Weather Girls in 1982 after they released the top-selling single “It’s Raining Men”, which brought the duo to mainstream pop attention. As a duo, The Weather Girls released five albums and were heavily featured on Sylvester’s albums. After The Weather Girls disbanded in 1988, Armstead released a single, “Don’t Let Love Slip Away”. In 1991, she reformed The Weather Girls with her daughter Dynelle Rhodes, who had been one of the duo’s background singers. Over the course of a decade, they released three albums: Double Tons of Fun, Think Big!, and Puttin’ On The Hits.
|Birth name:||Izora M. Rhodes|
|Also known as:||Izora Redman|
|Born:||July 6, 1942, Houston, Texas, U.S.|
|Died:||September 16, 2004, San Leandro, California, U.S.|
|Genres:||Disco · house · R&B · post disco · soul|
|Occupation(s):||Singer-songwriter, record producer|
|Associated acts:||The Weather Girls, Sylvester|
|IMDb:||Izora Armstead’s IMDb|
About Izora Armstead
Pop singer whose duo The Weather Girls recorded the chart-topping single, “It’s Raining Men,” in 1982.
She and Martha Wash formed a pop duo called Two Tons O’ Fun; the group was later re-named The Weather Girls.
Her hit single “It’s Raining Men” went on to become a cult classic and a staple in gay bars and male strip clubs for decades after its release.
She moved to Germany during the 1980s and she and her daughter, Dynell, established a German vocal duo that was similar to The Weather Girls. She died in her early sixties of heart failure.
She sang back-up vocals for the artist Sylvester during the 1970s.
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