Patricia J. "Patty" Donahue (
March 29, 1956— December 9 1996) was the lead singer of the 1980s New Wave rock group The Waitresses(sometimes credited as Patty Darling).
Donahue was the lead vocalist for The Waitresses. "I Know What Boys Like" and "Christmas Wrapping" were among their hits. Donahue's tone, described variously by the media as "cheeky," "dry," and "knowing," with a "playful sexiness," led to the songs' popularity.Fact|date=September 2008 Though their
musichad a post-punk sensibility, Donahue never raised her voice above a "half-yell," yet still commanded great attention.
During the recording of the second and final Waitresses'
album, " Bruiseology", Donahue left the band and was replaced with Holly Beth Vincent, even though Donahue rejoined afterwards.
After The Waitresses broke up for good, 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 MCA A&R, finding other talented musicians.
A heavy smoker, Donahue died of
lung cancerat the age of 40 after battling it for almost a year. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famein Cleveland has a leather jacket Patty wore during some performances.
* Interview with the Waitresses, "
NME", April 24, 1982, by Paul Du Noyer
* [http://www.hardcafe.co.uk/waitresses/donahue.htm Fan page at hardcafe.co.uk]
* [http://www.sitcomsonline.com/boards/archive/index.php/t-22827.html Message board posting about her death]
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