The Weather Girls

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The Weather Girls
Weather Girls Raining Men.jpg
Izora Armstead and Martha Wash
Background information
Also known as The Two Tons, and later Two Tons O' Fun
Origin United States
Genres Hi-NRG, urban, dance-pop, disco
Instruments Vocals
Years active 1977–1985
1999-present
Labels Columbia (1982–1985), Thirty-7 Recordings (2005–present)
Associated acts The Mary Jane Girls
Sylvester
Patrick Cowley
Website Official website
Members Dynelle Rhodes
Past members Izora Armstead
Martha Wash

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.

Known career[edit]

The original Two Tons 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 2004. 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.[1]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album
1980 Two Tons of Fun
1980 Backatcha (as The Two Tons)
1983 Success
1985 Big Girls Don't Cry
1985 Megatonnage, The best of The Two Tons (Aka The Weather Girls)
1988 Weather Girls
1993 Double Tons Of Fun
1995 Think Big!
1999 Puttin' On The Hits
2005 Totally Wild

Partial singles chart success[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
US
[2]
US Dance
[2]
US Pop
[2]
US R&B
[2]
GER
[3]
NL
[4]
NOR
[5]
NZ
[6]
SWI
[7]
UK
[8]
1980 "Earth Can Be Just Like Heaven" 2
"I Got the Feeling" 2
"Just Us" 2 29
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
"Well-A-Wiggy" 107 76[A]
1993 "Can You Feel It" 2 75
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart or was not released in that territory.
Notes
  • A ^ Airplay

Other singles by the Weather Girls[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Images for Two Tons Of Fun". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d "The Weather Girls". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 
  3. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie The Weather Girls". German Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  4. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie The Weather Girls". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  5. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Weather Girls". Norwegian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography The Weather Girls". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  7. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discographie The Weather Girls". Swiss Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). 
  8. ^ "UK Charts > The Weather Girls". Official Charts Company. 

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