The Weather Girls
|The Weather Girls|
Izora Armstead and Martha Wash
|Also known as||The Two Tons, and later Two Tons O' Fun|
|Genres||Hi-NRG, urban, dance-pop, disco|
|Labels||Columbia (1982–1985), Thirty-7 Recordings (2005–present)|
|Associated acts||The Mary Jane Girls
|Past members||Izora Armstead
The Weather Girls, also known as Two Tons o' Fun (especially during the early portion of their career), was composed of singers Izora Armstead and Martha Wash. The duo charted several dance hits over the course of its career, with its peak in popularity having occurred in 1982, when the group released the hit song "It's Raining Men."
The rights to the name "The Weather Girls" are currently held by Dynelle Rhodes, the daughter of founding Weather Girl, Izora Armstead. Rhodes does not currently have a singing partner.
The original members of the group were Martha Wash and Izora Armstead. Though the mainstream pop market considers the team a one-hit wonder for "It's Raining Men" (though the song did not make the Top 40 in the US, peaking at #46 on the Billboard Hot 100), they recorded three songs which peaked at #2 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart under the "Two Tons o' Fun" name: "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven" (1980); "Just Us" (1980 and also made #29 on the US R&B chart); and the Hi-NRG song "I Got the Feeling" in 1981. They were brought together by Sylvester as his backing group (from 1977 to 1981), who also gave them the name 'Two Tons O' Fun.' They also backed Aretha Franklin (on "Freeway of Love"), and Bob Seger (1986). They are best known for their 1982 #1 club and pop hit, "It's Raining Men", the recording of which music producer Paul Jabara supervised and from which the name "The Weather Girls" was derived. After the success of "It's Raining Men", other hits with the original line-up (which adopted the Weather Girls moniker permanently after the hit) included "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man this Christmas)", for which, as with "It's Raining Men", an accompanying music video was made, and "No One Can Love You More Than Me." The group disbanded in 1985, while Wash moved on to a solo career, one that continues into the present day. (Wash also sang lead on the song "Everybody, Everybody" for the group Black Box, and recorded with C+C Music Factory at the peak of that band's popularity in the early 1990s.)
In the 1990s, Izora Armstead moved to Germany, where she and her daughter Dynelle Rhodes re-formed the group for touring in Europe and, in 2002, they joined the "Disco Brothers" for a participation in the German National Final for the Eurovision Song Contest, with their song "Get Up". In the end, the group only managed a 13th place out of 15.
Armstead died in October 2004 at age 62 of heart failure. The Weather Girls (now composed of Rhodes and Ingrid Arthur) released a new album, Totally Wild, in late 2005. It scored an underground club hit with "Wild Thang." Like the original Weather Girls, the duo has proven successful with its gay male core audience.
In 2008, the Weather Girls were listed as featured artists on the song, "Break You" by Ralph Falcon of the bands Murk and Funky Green Dogs. This song spent one week at No. 1 on the American dance chart in May 2008.
|1980||Two Tons of Fun|
|1980||Backatcha (as The Two Tons)|
|1985||Big Girls Don't Cry|
|1985||Megatonnage, The best of The Two Tons (Aka The Weather Girls)|
|1993||Double Tons Of Fun|
|1999||Puttin' On The Hits|
Partial singles chart success
|Title||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|1980||"Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven"||—||2||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|"I Got the Feeling"||—||2||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1982||"It's Raining Men"||46||1||46||34||43||46||8||13||95||2|
|1985||"No One Can Love You More Than Me"||—||26||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|1993||"Can You Feel It"||—||2||—||—||75||—||—||—||—||—|
|"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
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Other singles by the Weather Girls
- "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair"
- "Dear Santa (Bring Me a Man This Christmas)"
- "Big Girls Don't Cry"
- "Love You Like a Train"
- "Land of the Believer"
- "Laughter in the Rain"
- "Sounds of Sex"
- "Wild Thang"
- "Girl You And Me"
- "We Shall All Be Free"
- "Star (feat. Jimmy Somerville)"
- List of number-one dance hits (United States)
- List of artists who reached number one on the US Dance chart
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