Sad news out of the world of R&B. Edna Wright, lead singer of the 1970s girl group Honey Cone and sister of singer Darlene Love, has died. She was 76. Love revealed the heartbreaking news via a Facebook post. A native of Los Angeles, CA, Wright began singing in her father’s church. But her sister made sure she met some of the most notable writers and producers of the 1960s, including Phil Specter, and Wright began singing with several groups, including the Hushabyes and The Girlfriends. Ultimately, she teamed with Carolyn Willis and Shelly Clark to form The Honey Cone, a trio in the mold of the Supremes in the late 60s. The connection to the Supremes became more evident when Motown songwriters Holland-Dozier-Holland left the label to form their own Hot Wax/Invictus imprint. They signed Honey Cone and what followed was a string of solid R&B hits and a few across-the-board smashes. 1971’s “Want Ads” was a clever, upbeat number about a search for a good man, and it was a certified gold chart topper. The trio hit the top again with the claypso-tinged “One Monkey Don’t Stop No Show.” By the mid 70’s the hits had dried up and Hot Wax’s financial problems spelled the end for the group. Wright then began a solo career, but found her niche mostly as a session singer, working with major artists, including her sister. While it’s been a few years since the world heard new music from from Edna Wright, her role in the development of soul music during it’s most prolific period shouldn’t be underestimated. She was a talent that will be missed. May she rest in peace.