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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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Love you so sweet
He's Bless me everyday anything i want
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
Proud to be with you
Sing it Patti Girl
pmarshalljob s
I love you so dearly you saved me in 1984 and throughout it all I stood strong against it all listening to your songs.
This the r&b queen right here my aunt love her
Patti is not my time but her music is the one of my favs ❤ her
NO ONE CAN DO IT LIKE PATTI....
You really need too thank my knee for laying me up those eight weeks.
I love Patti labelle music. That voice of hers is beautiful!!
I miss u dearly, my best friend, my brother, my musical half. Larry Dawson. I remember when u would sing this to me, and include my name. We'd laugh, and cry. I miss u love. I know that u r with God. I'll love you always.
This song was not just a number one but the remake to many number ones. Pattie Labelle is just amazing ..
bowden_r
love this lady patti labell
Dedicated to my husband Roderick! I love you!
It's cold outside and this blanket not enough. There's a chill run through my body because your arms not around me.I'm freezing without your .......sing it patti
Why my southern sweetie
Love her music. ....!
Just saw/heard Patti this week in Ft. Lauderdale. She is a 70 year old
brittle diabetic like me, but her energy and vocal pyrotechnics can still
blow the roof off the concert hall! Her upper register is still intact. She
enjoys her audience as much as they enjoy her --- it is a lovefest.
God bless you Patti -- keep on thrilling your many fans!

*watergateji m *
Love you too...... that truth
beautiful music
She so beautiful, very beautiful voice.
nobody like her
I love some of Pattie Labelle and I love her music
Lov this lady
This song makes me think of my husband
This song reminds me of the good ole days !! ♥ it
I love and need and want u baby!!
Timeless music!
Love me some Patti Labelle!!!
Mature Love needed. No time for childish antics. I need to love and be loved.
I love this song. I think of my nom who passed two years ago. And it makes me smile. It also reminds me of my loving husband. Thank you Ms.Patti.
bigbair
Great !
What a voice so lively
Still a hit n my eyesight
The Greatest ��
Victoria You move me your voice is out of this world love ya
best duet ever
Patti love you babe girl always.
Listen to you are my friend with a spiritual hear and her a sermon about JESUS. The HOLY SPIRIT. SAID "IN PLAIN SIGHT "
Beautiful Black Queen I just love your
songs.
I was dead now I'm ALIVE!
KEEP TALKING MS.PATTI LABELLE U ARE ONE OF THE DIVA I LISTEN TO THANK U FOR ALL THE BEAUITFUL MUSIC U SONG OVER THE YEARS FROM PHILLY AND NOW U ARE BLESSED AND WEARING IT WELL SMILE......
be_2010
Patti love you! Truly a blessing.
DIS MY GIRL
mckoy10306
CHASTINE PARK ATLANTA, 2014 A KNOCK OUT CONCERT...
On my own I been on my forever
Patti you go girl.
On my own , by myself...... . . . .
One of the greatest ever male or female black or white. #O.G
Never liked Patti but this is a jam!
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