Search: nona singer
Why: I was just listening to the Hedwig and the Angry Inch soundtrack for the 490th time this year alone. In "Midnight Radio," which has recently become one of my favorite songs (after "The Origin of Love," natch), the lyrics go like:
Here's to Patti and Tinaat 1:45
And Yoko, Aretha
And Nona, and Nico
I think I know who all those other ladies are, but not Nona.
Answer: Nona Hendryx! She was a member of the trio Labelle along with Sarah Dash and, doy, Patti LaBelle, best known for their hit "Lady Marmalade" in 1974.
She's the beautiful white goddamn rufio peacock below:
They also had lots of other singles.
Thereafter, she had some solo singles and also fronted a progressive art-rock band called Zero Cool. In 1981, she did the vocals for the club hit "Bustin Out" with the funky No Wave group Material.
Source: The Straight Dope, Wikipedia
The More You Know: Another singer named Nona is Nona Gaye, daughter of Marvin Gaye, but that's probably not whom we're talking about here. If it is, sorry, Nona.