Fonda Rae

About

Fonda Rae is an R'n'B/Disco and House/Garage music singer, born in Ossining, New York, U.S. Her seminal single "Over Like A Fat Rat" (1982, No.22 U.S. Club Play chart, No.75 U.S. R'n'b Chart) has been sampled by Eric B. & Rakim in their 1986 single "Eric B. Is President", by Grand Puba in "Fat Rat" (1991) for the soundtrack of "Strictly Business", by SWV in their 1996 single "On & On" and by Kool G Rap & D.J. Polo in their 1996 single "Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous".

She arrived at the tail-end of the '70s to power several enduring post-disco club singles with her flirty, sweet, yet tough vocals. The native New Yorker debuted on the self-titled album by Don Armando's 2nd Ave. Rhumba Band, an August Darnell project on which she was showcased throughout, including both sides of the "I'm an Indian, Too"/"Deputy of Love" single. She went on to be featured on Kid Creole's Off the Coast of the Me, fronted Fantasy's "You're Too Late," and was subsequently the voice of numerous studio projects, including Patrick Adams' Rainbow Brown ("I'm the One") and Wish ("Touch Me," later covered by Cathy Dennis). During this period, she also released the occasional solo 12", such as the boogie classic "Over Like a Fat Rat" (made with Leroy Burgess) and "Heobah" (which she co-wrote and co-produced). A steady variety of background session work and featured appearances continued through the end of the '80s. By the beginning of the '90s, she was primarily sought for lead vocals on house records. Solo and co-billed releases popped up on occasion, highlighted by singles on Fran├žois Kevorkian's Wave Music label and the revered U.K. imprint Nuphonic (the latter via a collaboration with Adam Goldstone). Fonda remained active well into the late 2010s.

She charted with "Heobah (Hey-O-Bah)" (No.19 in U.S. Club Play chart in 1983) and she was the lead singer for Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band's "Deputy Of Love" (1979) and Fantasy (2)'s "You're Too Late" (1980). She has sang as well for Rainbow Brown, Players Association, Fat Boys, Kurtis Blow, Taka Boom, Deborah Harry etc.

Associated groups she appeared in includes Don Armando's Second Avenue Rhumba Band, Kid Creole And The Coconuts, Larry Joseph & Science, Rainbow Brown, Togetherness