Shining Star: The Impossible, Wonderful Life of Linda Clifford

Whether it’s stoking the embers of nostalgia or symbolizing a simpler, sparklier time, the demand for disco is still going strong today. In the hearts of many, the sound of disco is found in the soulful singing of the women who provided the timeless voices that defined the era.

Linda Clifford is one of those definitive voices, with her impact on the disco scene and influence on the music industry continuing for generations.

Known for her phenomenal voice and electrifying stage presence, Linda took the music world by storm with her disco remake of “If My Friends Could See Me Now”, which shot up to #1 on the dance charts. Her songs have seen a total of 60 weeks at #1 on the Billboard charts, with hits including “Runaway Love,” “Gypsy Lady,” “Red Light” (from the Grammy-nominated Fame soundtrack), “Shoot Your Best Shot,” and “It Don’t Hurt No More.”

Today she is as passionate about the music as ever, performing solo as well as touring with the First Ladies of Disco alongside Martha Wash, Evelyn “Champagne” King, and Norma Jean Wright. Her recorded music is finding a fresh audience too, with the recent reissue of four of her classic albums: If My Friends Could See Me Now (1977), Let Me Be Your Woman (1979), Here’s My Love (1979), and I’m Yours (1980), on Blixa Sounds.

Through all of her accomplishments and landmark moments, Linda continues to radiate humility, kindness, and most of all, love. Like her music, her words bring a smile to your face and a warmth to your heart. It was such a pleasure to speak with her, and to sense through her stories the essence of what makes disco so special: the people who love it.