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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, Rovi
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Pattie is one of. God blessing to all of us
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My insperation love me some mama patti.tank.. . . .
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brollins1213 1 4
Recently saw her on empire black don't crack 100
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Love me some Patti....
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That's my girl. She's great at everything. Much love patty
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brian31514
no one even comes close to miss patti's powerful voice!
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If you've never seen Ms. Patti in concert you don't know what your missing
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Ms. Patti, take your shoes off and sang!
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My ex knows what he had now he wants me back, things that make you go hmmmm. I'll always love that man (wabb)
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I wish my friends could sing like this!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
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My favorite female vocalist! The sister can blow!
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Because were my friend
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Love. Patti. Labelle. Soul. Music. Forever.
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claudia_jazm i n 2 0 1 1
Love Patti Labelle and her music
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Mother patti is such a big inspiration in my life.may god bless her for ever and ever.
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Thanks again, Pattie for still being here with me and us
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Yes she is my #1on my a list her music will live on forever.love u patti
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I love. This song .my mom R.I.P.she said everytime she heard this song she thinks of me cause she knows ill be on my own .when she left this world.i love u mom .an im on my own but its ok im ok miss u bunches mom.
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My girl Patti from my home town Philly!
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Love. This. Song
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tyelr44a
I went to see Patti for the first time last year, and I saw a show of shows. One that I think will go down in my mind as one of the top class A acts around, planted nicely on The Real Diva A List, and not the fake, wannabe, real watered down, D acts who insist on taking that title as well, but don't have any of the qualificatio n s . The first qualificatio n s , are that you have had at least been in the music business for at least 50 plus years performing. 2. Contributed to a charity in the last ten
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I just want u to know how feel more than you'll ever know. I got this burning desire soul on fire
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I need want n love u more than u ever know u can always count on my love I need u
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Love this song
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Now u KNOW
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We are blessed to have you in our life time!
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baker.caroly n 7 1 5
Ms. Patti you are Awesome
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I love Patti LaBelle ur music is awsum
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Luv You Patti
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Lov u patti
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Love Patti
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MRS. BELLE, GREAT VOICE, AND FULL OF ENERGY, AND A VERY SEXY WOMAN, YEAH1 THE FUNK MASTER, DIG IT
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My girl!!!! Luv u Patti
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I really didn't. Know GBABY
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Love you
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I love her music alot...
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Baby we alright. ......i love you
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Not real
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She keep it real in her music
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Patti labelle
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shippy29
we won ha ha ha
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love you hoby knicks goin down
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shippy29
go wizards
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Love you so sweet
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He's Bless me everyday anything i want
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Since there make love to you would be beautiful kissing all tattoo, sliding in between your legs putting button hole in mouth, make circular motion with my tongue,grab that little apple bottom butt whirling faster for me too feast
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Proud to be with you
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Sing it Patti Girl
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I love you so dearly you saved me in 1984 and throughout it all I stood strong against it all listening to your songs.
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