Dee Dee Sharp was born Dione LaRue, September 9, 1945, in
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 1962 she began a string of successful
Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 hits: "Slow Twistin'" (with Chubby
Checker) (#3), "Mashed Potato Time" (#2), "Gravy (For My
Mashed Potatoes)" (#9), "Ride" (#5) and "Do the Bird"
(#10). Both "Mashed Potato Time" and "Ride" each
sold over one million copies, and were awarded gold discs. In 1967 she
married record producer Kenny Gamble and has recorded under the
name Dee Dee Sharp-Gamble until their divorce in 1980. In a documentary
film, Muhammad Ali: The Whole Story, Sharp claimed that she was planning
to marry Muhammad Ali before he converted to the Muslim faith. Sharp and
her husband Bill Witherspoon recide in Medford, New Jersey.
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