Patty Donahue

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Patty Donahue
Born (1956-03-29)March 29, 1956
Origin Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.
Died December 9, 1996(1996-12-09) (aged 40)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Genres New wave
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts The Waitresses

Patricia Jean "Patty" Donahue (March 29, 1956 – December 9, 1996) was the American lead singer of the 1980s new wave group The Waitresses.


During the recording of the second and final Waitresses' album, Bruiseology, Donahue left the band and was replaced with Holly Beth Vincent. Donahue rejoined afterward.[1] After The Waitresses broke up, Donahue generally kept a low profile, though she is credited on Alice Cooper's Zipper Catches Skin with "vocals and sarcasm." She later worked for ABC in the Political Unit and then at MCA in the A&R department.


On December 9, 1996, Donahue died of lung cancer at the age of 40. A native of Cleveland, Donahue was interred in the Holy Cross Cemetery, in nearby Brook Park.


  1. ^ Talevski, Nick (2007). Knocking on Heaven's Door: Rock Obituaries. Omnibus Press. p. 137. ISBN 1-84609-091-1. 


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