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Patti Labelle

Soul diva Patti LaBelle enjoyed one of the longest-lived careers in contemporary music, notching hits in a variety of sounds ranging from girl group pop to space-age funk to lush ballads. Born Patricia Holt in Philadelphia on May 24, 1944, she grew up singing in a local Baptist choir, and in 1960 teamed with friend Cindy Birdsong to form a group called the Ordettes. A year later, following the additions of vocalists Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, the group was rechristened the Blue Belles; with producer Bobby Martin at helm, they scored a Top 20 pop and R&B hit in 1962 with the single "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman," subsequently hitting the charts in 1964 with renditions of "Danny Boy" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

In 1965, the quartet -- now known as Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles -- signed to Atlantic, where they earned a minor hit with their version of the standard "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The group's Atlantic tenure was largely disappointing, however, and in 1967 Birdsong replaced Florence Ballard in the Supremes. The remaining trio toured the so-called "chitlin circuit" for the remainder of the decade before signing on with British manager Vicki Wickham in 1970; Wickham renamed the group simply LaBelle and pushed their music in a funkier, rock-oriented direction, and in the wake of their self-titled 1971 Warner Bros. debut they even toured with the Who. (The trio also collaborated with Laura Nyro on her superb R&B-influenced album Gonna Take a Miracle.)

By 1973, LaBelle had gone glam, taking the stage in wildly theatrical, futuristic costumes; a year later they became the first African-American act ever to appear at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, a landmark performance that also introduced their lone chart-topping single, the Allen Toussaint-produced classic "Lady Marmalade." However, after two more albums -- 1975's Phoenix and the following year's Chameleon -- LaBelle disbanded, and its namesake mounted a solo career, issuing her eponymous debut in 1977. In addition to subsequent releases including 1979's It's Alright with Me and 1980's Released, LaBelle also turned to acting, co-starring in a 1982 Broadway revival of Your Arms to Short to Box with God.

Upon signing with the Philadephia International label, LaBelle scored a number one R&B hit with "If You Only Knew," from 1983's I'm in Love Again. Two years later, she reached the pop Top 20 with her Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack contribution "New Attitude." Her subsequent MCA debut, 1986's The Winner in You, went platinum on the strength of the Burt Bacharach-penned "On My Own," a duet with Michael McDonald, while the follow-up, 1989's Be Yourself, featured a pair of cuts written by Prince. Released in 1991, Burnin' earned a Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance. LaBelle recorded less and less frequently in the years to follow, in 1995 publishing her autobiography, Don't Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime. She returned five years later to release When a Woman Loves and then signed to Def Soul for 2004's Timeless Journey and 2005's all-covers Classic Moments. In 2007 the holiday album Miss Patti's Christmas appeared, while 2008 saw the release of Live in Washington D.C., a live album recorded in 1982. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Live In Washington D.C.

1. Overture (Live)

2. Spirit's In It (Live)

3. Patti's Welcome/Come What May (Live)

4. Joy To Have Your Love (Live)

5. Shoot Him On Sight (Live)

6. Lady Marmalade (Live)

7. Interlude (Live)

8. Isn't It A Shame (Live)

9. If You Don't Know Me By Now (Live)

10. I Don't Go Shopping (Live)

11. Medley: Music Is My Way Of Life/It's Alright With Me/What Can I Do For (Live)

12. Band Introductions (Live)

13. You Are My Friend (Live)

14. Over The Rainbow (Live)

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Track List: Classic Moments

1. Ain't No Way (feat. Mary J. Blige)

2. He's Out Of My Life

3. Didn't I (Blow Your Mind) This Time

4. Love Don't Live Here Anymore

5. I Keep Forgetting

6. Love Ballad

7. I Can't Make You Love Me

8. Your Song (feat. Elton John)

9. I Write A Song

10. Silly

11. Stand By You

12. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else

13. Land Of The Living (feat. Kristine W.)

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Track List: Anthology

Disc 1

1. Joy To Have Your Love

2. You Are My Friend

3. The Spirit's In It

4. Here You Come Again

5. Love Lives

6. I Fell In Love Without Warning

7. Boats Against The Current

9. Family

10. Shoot Him On Sight

11. Over The Rainbow

12. I'm In Love Again

13. Lover Man (Oh Where Can You Be)

14. Love, Need And Want You

Disc 2

1. If Only You Knew

2. Body Language

3. I'll Never, Never Give Up

4. Love Bankrupt

5. When Am I Gonna Find True Love

6. Love Symphony

7. Living Double

8. Where I Wanna Be

9. Shy

10. Look To The Rainbow

11. I Can't Forget You

12. What Can I Do For You

13. If You Don't Know Me By Now

14. If You Asked Me To

15. On My Own

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Track List: Timeless Journey

1. More Than Material

2. It's Time

3. New Day

4. Something More

5. Sometimes Love

6. Hear My Cry (feat. Floetry)

7. Good Lovin'

8. Mm, Mm, Mm

9. Not Right But Real

10. 2 Steps Away

11. Finally Got The Nerve (feat. Miri Ben-Ari)

12. Unpredictable

13. When You Smile (feat. Carlos Santana, Sheila E., La India & Andy Vargas)

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Track List: Love Songs

1. I Think About You

2. Joy To Have Your Love

3. Teach Me Tonight (Me Gusta Tu Baile)

4. I Don't Go Shopping

6. Love And Learn

7. Come What May

8. You Are My Friend

9. Do I Stand A Chance

10. Little Girls

11. The Bells

12. Quiet Time

13. Find The Love

14. Love Has Finally Come

15. Lady Marmalade

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Track List: When A Woman Loves

1. The Kitchen

2. When A Woman Loves

3. Make Tonight Beautiful

4. If I Was A River

5. Why Do We Hurt Each Other

6. Too Many Tears, Too Many Times

7. Call Me Gone

8. Time Will

9. Tell Me Where It Hurts

10. I'll Still Love You More

11. Love Will Lead You Back

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Track List: Flame

1. Someone Like You

2. I Like The Way It Feels

3. You Are My Solid Ground

4. Flame

5. Let Me Be Your Lady

6. Does He Love You

7. Shoe Was On The Other Foot

8. Addicted To You

9. When You Talk About Love

10. Love Is Just A Whisper Away

11. If By Chance

12. Let Me Be There For You

13. You Saved My Life

14. Don't Block The Blessings

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Track List: Greatest Hits

1. Over The Rainbow

2. Lady Marmalade

3. What Can I Do For You?

6. If Only You Knew

7. Love, Need And Want You

8. New Attitude

9. Kiss Away The Pain

10. Stir It Up

11. If You Asked Me To

12. Feels Like Another One

13. Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)

15. Oh, People

16. When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)

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Track List: Burnin'

1. Feels Like Another One

2. Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)

3. When You Love Somebody

4. I Don't Do Duets

5. Temptation

6. When You've Been Blessed

7. Burnin' (The Fire Is Still) Burnin' For You

8. I Hear Your Voice

9. We're Not Makin' Love Anymore

10. Release Yourself

11. Love Never Dies

12. Crazy Love

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Track List: Be Yourself

1. If You Asked Me To

2. I Can't Complain

3. Be Yourself

4. Yo Mister

5. I Got It Like That

6. Love 89

7. Still In Love

8. I'm Scared Of You

9. Can't Bring Me Down

10. Need A Little Faith

11. I Can Fly

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Track List: Winner In You

1. Oh, People

2. On My Own (feat. Michael McDonald)

3. Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight)

4. Kiss Away The Pain

5. Twisted

6. You're Mine Tonight

7. Finally We're Back Together

8. Beat My Heart Like A Drum

9. Sleep With Me Tonight

10. There's A Winner In You

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Track List: I'm In Love Again

1. I'm In Love Again

2. Lover Man ( Oh Where Can He Be? )

3. Love, Need, And Want You

4. If Only You Knew

5. Body Language

6. I'll Never, Never Give Up

7. Love Bankrupt

8. When Am I Gonna Find True Love

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Ms. Patti! Always put a smile on my Mommas face. I miss you Momma. Rest In Paradise.... .
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The best
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jbfabela5
Nice!
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Chileee Yesss. Ms Patti is still looking great
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Love me some Ms p. L. Big Mack
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I love patti labelle music
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Blues Blues BB King Bobby Blue Bland
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All you need to do is "Ask Me to Wait for you and I'm Yours" I'll be There all week.......y o u will have your opportunity - don't miss out. I need to hear you ask me. Simple, just whisper to me, mouth it to me, ASL it to me, pass me a note, text me...I don't care. I just need proof your serious this time and have changed. You'll have 10 days. Your choice if you want to let me walk away again without saying anything. If you let the opportunity pass......I' l l know for sure your playing me.
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Marvelous and Beautiful!
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Yes! Classic
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Down the isle
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I love this song, wish I was in love.
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Patti Whitney Nita 3 bad b**ches
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Beautiful !
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I love my girl Patti
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I love me some patty
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This song is to mom from joey a david
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I love you Patti
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carolynrusse l l 4 5 0
Love this song!
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Back. In the day in the 601 so true good old dayes
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You are truly my Patty Cake, yummy music yummy classy style. What a perfect example for us as women to shadow. May God continue to bless and keep you in his loving tender care. Live you Ms. Patty. H.u.g.s.
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Love, this song. If only you did know.??
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Ironic this song would come on as I prepare to meet you with the girls from PEARLS tomorrow! What a powerful representati o n of who we all are for each other!!!!!
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How does this annoying example of one of the worst periods in musical history end up on my Classic Rock station. Get out !
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Takes me back to homecoming afterparty Tuskegee Institute 1966
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The true hall of fame.ms.patt y labelle.see you at unsung in 2016...
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U have been my kind of women since I was born in 1971 . Keep up the good work. Keep believing what your Lord doing for your life. HAPPY HOLIDAY. KEEP IT REAL . GOD BLESS U. LOVE U. LIKE THAT SAYING ABOUT A MAN SAME WITH A WOMAN U CANNOT KEEP A GOOD WOMAN DOWN. HAVE YEAR.
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Pattie u r my friend as your song say I love u cynthia
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Patti you rock lady.
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Nobody can hit the highs like Patti
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Patti i love you and your music attended your concert with that fool Cedric had a great time keep up the good work.
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iverman96
I love you Patti LaBelle and I also love your songs
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Yaaassss! I needed this today! James's pie review had me feigning for this song!!!
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Love all your music Patti labelled,esp e c i a l l y this one.
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YES !!! This is my FAVE Patti song.. If Only You Knew ... makes me cry EVERY time ... Love you Patti ... xoxo
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Your pies reminded me of your great voice and music. Thank you for being free.
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I love you Patti
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I love u pattie LaBelle.
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naimfisher
Patti Is one Of The Greates Black Femal Artist. Much Love For Her Music Always!!!!
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PATTI AND ARETHA STAND ALONE.
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threella7
"If Only You Knew" by Ms. Patti is positively ONE OF MY ALL TIME FAVS!! ��������
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The BEST!!!!
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I did not know Labelled was a stage name. Doesn't matter. This woman can work a record. Her voice unmatched. Also still looks good to be in her 70's. Black don't crack!
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Patti LaBelle has a cooking show called 'Patti LaBelle's Place ' I Cook My Face Off, Honey' on the cooking channel.
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Sweet memories
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I truly appreciate her music
Very inspirationa l
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Thank you so much for let me see another year thank you lord computer
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Jesus
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cannonlr1
Yeah!!! One of the few artist that I enjoy paying $$ to see!
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Patti you go girl, you are my idol, always.
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