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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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mrsdawson15
I over love her so much,dats Ms.Patti Patti
When You've Been Blessed..... Feels like heaven, pass it on....
greatest female singer of all time
Her music is loved by generations !
This takes. Me back so true
On my own......... . . . . . .
I still love my inspiration & true ★Diva Patti Labelle★ ; )
I love me some Patti Labelle because she has always been so beautiful and here true beauty and talent just shines every time she hits the stage.
Thank God for a singing inspiration I just love patti she sings with soul n plenty of experience
my death song
patti labelle singing songstrees
caslaughter5 5
God bless you
Dedicated to 9/27/1981
dls486886
One of the greatest voices of ALL TIME!!!!!
andreanna.me t r u l a s
This song Kills me Every single time !! If only Patti knew, How much I DO love you !! xo
You go girl
adriawalker
The opening line of this bio is deceiving. Ms. Labelle's esteemed career continues to this day. Please don't scare me like that. I had to check to be sure we hadn't lost another treasured voice. May she live forever!
kokiel44
Patti you make the world revolve with your souful sultry voice. Miss Diva of all da Divas...
I LOVE MS.PATTI SHE IS THE REAL DIVA OF ALL TIME . I CALLED HER MOMMA PATTI MY MOTHER LOVE HER SMILE..
I love her soooo much!!! I had the privilege of seeking her at the Regal in the South Side of Chicago. She sang her butt off!!!! I would love to meet her personally before I leave this earth!!!?
This is a true statement sometimes we feel that no one love us thank you ms .Patti for this lovely song .....
I thought it would always be true.bit I'm always on my own...
SOUL DIVA>>PATTI LABELLE/./
I love you so much you are the best
Straight up pattie could digest da fattie. Ha.
The greatest female vocalist of all times
The most powerful voice
romiluv05
She can sing!!! Repeat
This for sister, I LOVE YOU SO MUCH!!!!
So. True
woman can blow yeahhhhh
Yes Ms Patti Labelle can sang! One of my favorite singers of all times. Her vocal game is serious! Can't be touched by no other female singer. #Pure
I'm 33 yrs old and I love your music..2013
U go Patti I love ur music ; -)
MY NUMBER 1 FEMALE VOCALIST OF ALL TIME!!! REAL TALK! NO ONE TOUCHES PATTI! AND THIS SONG IS A CLASSIC FOR GENERATIONS TO COME!
Beautiful song!
I just love
Patti you are my favorite female artist of all times . I remember when you did a concert at the Richfield Coliseum in Cleveland Ohio back in the 90's . I had to at least be in my early 30's when I went to your concert and it was awesome . God really blessed you with a voice , soul and a passion for music..... I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU !
One of my all time favorites,,, , , , , , ,
Love. Ms. Labelle - can't stand Michael McDonald. She carries him on On My Own.
Ms.Labelle is tha truth on everything this woman is tha best in it...I set and think back wen I hered it back in tha 80s I wuz just a grass hooper real talk but I knew what real music wuz cus it c*m from tha soul....
JUST SAW HER IN ARDMORE PA FARMERS MARKET... SHE IS A BEAUTIFUL FRIENDLY WOMAN
Some where over the rainbow best ever. If only you knew. Ms Labell is one of the best .
She can sing��������
True about every thing
Miss Patti is the best!! Thank you Lord!
Sing it baby!!!!!!
Ilovepatti songs yougogirl
Strong and confident singer who perseveres through the storms of life.
Sing that song u b**ch!!! Lol
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