Gwen Guthrie, best known for her 1986 dance anthem “Ain’t Nothin’ Goin’ on but the Rent”, was born in
She made her real break in music when a backup singer listed to sing on Aretha Franklin's "I'm in Love" fell ill. Guthrie took the vocalist's place beside Cissy Houston and the rest is history.
Gwen worked with artists like Billy Joel, Stevie Wonder, Madonna, Ashford & Simpson, Sly and Robbie, Peter Tosh among others. She also wrote songs made famous by Ben E. King, Gary Glitter, Sister Sledge and Roberta Flack.
Dubbed “The First Lady of the Paradise Garage” her musical partnership with celebrated - DJ Larry Levan saw a number of her songs become dance floor anthems in the 80s. Her club hits included "Padlock", "Peanut Butter", "Peek-a-Boo" and the remarkable “Getting Hot”. She also had a chart topping hit in the
Gwen was a prolific songwriter and a good pianist. She sadly died of uterine cancer on February 3, 1999, at the age of 48.Listen to Gwen Guthrie on Rhapsody or Last.fm