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Patti LaBelle
Patti LaBelle singing for the Columbia memorial service in 2003.
Patti LaBelle singing for the Columbia memorial service in 2003.
Background information
Birth name Patricia Louise Holte
Born May 24, 1944 (1944-05-24) (age 63)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Genre(s) R&B, soul, pop, dance, disco, funk
Occupation(s) Singer, songwriter, actress, businesswoman
Years active 1958–present
Label(s) Epic, Philadelphia Int'l, MCA, Def Soul Classics, Bungalo
Associated acts Labelle, Nona Hendryx, Sarah Dash, Cindy Birdsong, Sundry Tucker
Website PattiLabelle.com

Patti LaBelle (born May 24, 1944) is an American R&B, soul singer and songwriter. She fronted two groups, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles and Labelle. She is best known for her passionate stage performances, wide vocal range and distinctive high-octave belting. Her biography, Don't Block the Blessings, remained at the top of the The New York Times best-seller list for several weeks. Image File history File links Question_book-3. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... R&B redirects here. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article is about the music genre. ... For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Actors in period costume sharing a joke whilst waiting between takes during location filming. ... A businessman (sometimes businesswoman, female; or businessperson, gender neutral) is a generic term for a wide range of people engaged in profit_oriented enterprises, generally the management of a company. ... In the music industry, a record label is a brand and a trademark associated with the marketing of music recordings and music videos. ... Epic Records is an American record label, owned and operated by Sony BMG. // Epic was launched originally as a jazz and classical music label in 1953 by CBS. Its bright-yellow, black and blue logo became a familiar trademark for many jazz and classical releases. ... -1... MCA Records was an American-based record company owned by MCA Inc. ... Def Jam Records is an American based hip-hop record label that operates as a part of The Island Def Jam Music Group, which is owned by Universal Music Group. ... Bungalo Records is an independent record label established in 2006 under the Universal Music Group. ... Labelle (with the b written in small caps, while the spelling LaBelle exclusively refers to the stage surname of the groups lead vocalist, Patti LaBelle) was an American R&B/soul group, who successfully melded disco with funk and glam rock, resulting in such memorable songs as Lady Marmalade... Nona Hendryx (born October 9, 1944) is a vocalist known for her work as a solo artist as well as one-third of the trio LaBelle. ... Sarah Dash is a singer and was part of the group Labelle. ... Cindy Birdsong (center) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Cindy Birdsong (born Cynthia Ann Birdsong on December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) is an African-American singer. ... is the 144th day of the year (145th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... R&B redirects here. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... For other uses, see Singer (disambiguation). ... A songwriter is someone who writes the lyrics to songs, the musical composition or melody to songs, or both. ... Labelle (with the b written in small caps, while the spelling LaBelle exclusively refers to the stage surname of the groups lead vocalist, Patti LaBelle) was an American R&B/soul group, who successfully melded disco with funk and glam rock, resulting in such memorable songs as Lady Marmalade... The New York Times is a daily newspaper published in New York City and distributed internationally. ...

Contents

Life and career

Early years

LaBelle was born Patricia Louise Holte in West-Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Henry Holte, a railroad worker.[1] The fourth of five children, including three sisters and a brother, LaBelle began singing at the age of 14 in church. A shy girl, LaBelle had a voice of a torch diva. A school teacher advised her to start a singing group. For other uses, see Philadelphia (disambiguation) and Philly. ... This article is about the U.S. State. ...


As Patsy Holte, LaBelle formed a four-member girl group called the Ordettes in 1958. In 1959, when two of the original Ordettes left, Holt and fellow Ordette Sandra Tucker brought in singers Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. When Tucker's family made Sandra leave the group, she was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. With her mother's blessings, Patti left high school to tour with the Ordettes. The group was managed by Bernard Montague, The group toured from local nightclubs to honky tonks and truck stops. Nona Hendryx (born October 9, 1944) is a vocalist known for her work as a solo artist as well as one-third of the trio LaBelle. ... Sarah Dash is a singer and was part of the group Labelle. ... Cindy Birdsong (center) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Cindy Birdsong (born Cynthia Ann Birdsong on December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) is an African-American singer. ... A vintage belt buckle from Gilleys, a large honky tonk featured in the movie Urban Cowboy. ... A truck stop is a commercial facility that provides fuel, parking and usually food and other services to long-haul trucks. ...


Two years passed until the girls auditioned for Blue Note Records. The president at the time nearly passed on the group upon hearing the lead singer was Patti, or "Patsy" as friends and family called her, whom he had said didn't fit the traits of a traditionally beautiful lead singer. His mind was changed, however, when Patsy began singing. The president signed them to the label under two conditions: The Ordettes were now the Bluebelles and Patricia "Patsy" Holte would be given a new name: Patti LaBelle. For a woman that didn't have classic beauty traits by Eurocentric standards, the last name meant "beautiful" in French. The name was changed again to Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles after the manager of the group who had the same name sought to sue. In jazz and blues notes added to the major scale for expressive quality, loosely defined by musicians to be an alteration to a scale or chord that makes it sound like the blues. ... LaBelle was an American disco group, melding dance music with funk and glam rock, resulting in such memorable songs as Lady Marmalade. The group was led by Patti LaBelle, who later had a successful solo career. ...


Success with The Bluebelles

In 1962, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles scored their first Top 40 pop hit with the release of the doo-wop single, "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman." That same year, they began wowing audiences at New York's Apollo theater later given them the name "The Apollo Sweethearts." Throughout the '60s, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles were one of the hottest touring acts on the chitlin' circuit while the hits continued: in 1964, they scored again with songs like "Danny Boy" and "Down the Aisle." This article is about the state. ... For other uses, see Apollo (disambiguation). ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For the House of Pain MC, see Danny Boy (singer). ...


In 1966, the group signed to Atlantic Records and scored what later became Patti's signature song with their version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Her gospel-inspired, sometimes overly dramatic rendition ends each of her shows and climaxes with her throwing a microphone stand into the wings of the stage as she belts the final note. Around this time, LaBelle was engaged to be married to Temptations member Otis Williams, but the couple called off the engagement because of their conflicting touring schedules. The next year, LaBelle, Dash & Hendryx received a shock when Cindy Birdsong left to join The Supremes, replacing Florence Ballard. It would be years before Birdsong and the group began to speak again. After Cindy Birdsong left the group, Patti, Nona, Sarah found themseleves in a holt. But the group continued to tour around the country. Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... The Classic 5 lineup of the Temptations, circa 1965. ... Otis Williams (born Otis Miles, Jr. ... Cindy Birdsong (center) with The Supremes in 1970, on the cover of the Right On LP. Cindy Birdsong (born Cynthia Ann Birdsong on December 15, 1939 in Camden, New Jersey) is an African-American singer. ... For other uses, see Supremes (disambiguation). ... Florence Glenda Ballard Chapman, nicknamed Flo or Blondie, (June 30, 1943 – February 22, 1976) was an American singer, and one of the original lead singers of the Motown act The Supremes. ...


Labelle

In 1970, Patti and the Bluebelles moved to England where they met promoter Vicki Wickham, formerly Janis Joplin's promoter. The next year when the girls returned to America, they came out with a different name - simply Labelle - and a new attitude, vocal style, and a new wardrobe. Wearing casual clothing and African adornments, Labelle often sung of racism, sexism and politics. Their sound was not taken to heart by consumers. In 1971, the newly changed group signed with Warner Bros Records and released their self titled album "Labelle", which showed the trio's gospel, funk, disco, soul and glam rock sound. The album was a commercial failure but received rave reviews for its positive image. In 1972 on the same label, Labelle released their second album "Moon Shadow", which contained songs that were groundbreaking like "I Believe That I've Finally Made It Home" and "It Ain't Sad Until It's All Over", but like the 1st album the second one also failed to gain commercial success, but did get rave reviews. After the album was released the group was later dropped from its record label. With the help of manager Vicki Wickham, Labelle signed with RCA Records and soon began working on their album "Pressure Cookin". Half of the songs on the album were written by group member Nona Hendryx. Labelle covered the political song "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised" with "Something In The Air", but Patti was quoted as stating that when the group was to appear on a television show they were told not to perform the song. "Pressure Cookin'" was released in 1973 and failed to gain commercial success but garnered great reviews, especially for the material that Nona Hendryx wrote. Her tunes "Let Me See You In The Light", "Can I Speak To You Before You Go To Hollywood", "Going On A Holiday", and "Last Dance" were groundbreaking positive songs that gained them many cult fans. But however nothing would prepare them for their smashing stardom in 1974. Image File history File links Acap. ... Year 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (link shows full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... Janis Lyn Joplin (19 January 1943 – 4 October 1970) was an American singer, songwriter, and music arranger, from Port Arthur, Texas. ... Labelle (with the b written in small caps, while the spelling LaBelle exclusively refers to the stage surname of the groups lead vocalist, Patti LaBelle) was an American R&B/soul group, who successfully melded disco with funk and glam rock, resulting in such memorable songs as Lady Marmalade...


In 1974, however, learning of a cult following, the women changed their looks again; now adorning space-like, "rockish" hair and uniforms. They began to sing about sex, space, politics, and things that many funk and rock bands were singing about at the time -- but with an exception; no female groups had dared up until now to broach this type of controversial material. In October of that year, they were the first African-American contemporary act to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. That December, they released their greatest record, Nightbirds, featuring their breakout hit, "Lady Marmalade," which hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 1975, helping Nightbirds to go gold. None of their subsequent albums would have quite the same success, although Phoenix and Chameleon were hailed by music critics as experimental and groundbreaking. Their songs were positive with lyrics that touched people's hearts, but they failed to attract commerical success. Patti began having artistic differences, especially with the songs that Nona Hendryx was composing and writing. Although they sold out concerts around the world, Labelle's record sales were decreasing, but the 1975 album Phoenix sold 1 million copies because of songs like "Black Holes In The Sky", "Messin' With My Mind" and "Action Time". They received critical acclaim for the lyrics that Nona Hendryx wrote. For other uses, including related musical genres, see Funk (disambiguation). ... Rock and roll (also spelled Rock n Roll, especially in its first decade), also called rock, is a form of popular music, usually featuring vocals (often with vocal harmony), electric guitars and a strong back beat; other instruments, such as the saxophone, are common in some styles. ... Languages Predominantly American English Religions Protestantism (chiefly Baptist and Methodist); Roman Catholicism; Islam Related ethnic groups Sub-Saharan Africans and other African groups, some with Native American groups. ... Nightbirds is a 1974 album by Labelle. ... Audio sample Audio sample Info Lady Marmalade (help· info) Lady Marmalade, released in December 1974, is a 1975 number-one single recorded by Labelle for CBS Records Epic label. ...


Solo career

The '70s

In 1976, during a performance in Baltimore, Nona suffered a nervous breakdown, forcing the band to separate abruptly. LaBelle released her self-titled debut in 1977 on Epic Records, where she recorded 3 more albums in the years to come. The debut album became an important hit for Patti at least on the R&B charts and was notable for the stand-out ballad, "You Are My Friend" and for the funkier "Joy To Have Your Love," which demonstrates Patti's large range with a typical Philadelphia Soul orchestrated arrangement with heavy bass. In the next year she released one of her most acclaimed albums, Tasty, featuring the salsa hit "Teach Me Tonight (Me Gusta Tu Baile)." The next step was the album It's Alright With Me featuring the disco classic "Music Is My Way Of Life" and the last album she recorded for Epic was Released, which did better than the previous one chartwise but didn't generate any important hits nor received the same critical acclaim. On July 21, 1979, she appeared at the Amandla Festival along with Bob Marley, Dick Gregory and Eddie Palmieri, amongst others. Patti LaBelle is the debut solo album by Patti LaBelle. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... is the 202nd day of the year (203rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The Amandla Festival was a world music festival that took place in the Harvard Stadium in Boston, Massachusetts, on July 21, 1979. ... This article is about the reggae musician. ... Dick Gregory (1964) Richard Dick Claxton Gregory, (born October 12, 1932) is an African American comedian, social activist, writer, entrepreneur, and nutritionist. ... Eddie Palmieri (born December 15, 1936 in New York City) - pianist and bandleader. ...


The '80s

Success eluded LaBelle until late 1983 when she released her first charted hit album, I'm In Love Again. The album featured LaBelle's first #1 R&B hit with "If Only You Knew" and a radio hit with "Love, Need and Want You." In 1984, after an eighteen-year estrangement, she reconciled with Cindy Birdsong while she was on stage in Los Angeles. By 1985, LaBelle was on her way to pop stardom after her songs, "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up" (recently re-recorded by Patti and Joss Stone) from the soundtrack for Beverly Hills Cop (1984), which peaked at #17 and #41 on the pop charts respectively. If Only You Knew was a single written and produced primarily by Dexter Wansel and Cynthia Biggs for American R&B singer Patti LaBelles sixth solo album, Im In Love Again. ... This article is about the year. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ... This article is about the year. ... New Attitude is a song by Patti Labelle. ... Stir It Up was the name of the third and final single from Patti, the fifth solo album from Patti LaBelle. ... Beverly Hills Cop (1984) is an American comedy film directed by Martin Brest and starring Eddie Murphy. ...


By the time of her rise to pop stardom in the mid-1980s, LaBelle was infamous for her wild hairdos, kicking off her shoes in a "Holy Ghost"-like rage, rolling over the floor while singing, putting the microphone stand down and then yielding it up in the air and choreographing the famous "spread my wings" move that she incorporated during her performances of "Over the Rainbow." Patti's appearance at the Motown Returns to the Apollo and Live Aid concert in 1985 introduced her to a whole new audience. During the finale of Live Aid, Patti took to the microphone for "We Are the World," during some points of which Patti's voice is the only one audible. As a result, Patti was often accused of grandstanding. In 1986, she released her best-selling album to date with Winner in You. The album yielded her first solo #1, "On My Own" with pop balladeer Michael McDonald, the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Oh, People," the moderate pop chart hit, "Kiss Away The Pain" and the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart hit, "Something Special Is Gonna Happen Tonight." Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Winner in You is the name of sixth solo album of R&B singer Patti LaBelle. ... On My Own was a hit duet by singers Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald when it was released as a single in 1986. ... This article is about the genre of popular music. ... Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952, in St. ... “Hot 100” redirects here. ... Oh, People was the second single released from Winner in You, the sixth solo album of Patti LaBelle. ... Billboards Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart is a weekly national survey of what songs are most popular in U.S. dance clubs. ...


The '90s

By the end of the 1980s, she scored a moderate R&B and pop chart hit with the Diane Warren ballad, "If You Asked Me To," in 1989. The song peaked at #10 on the Adult Contemporary and R&B charts. It was later covered by Céline Dion in 1992 when it peaked at #1 on both the Pop & A/C charts. In an interview with the online magazine Monaco Revue.[2] Patti said racism in the music industry was responsible for the difference in sales, and revealed that accepting this was the most difficult obstacle she had to face in her career.[3] LaBelle in the If You Asked Me To music video (1989). ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Rhythm and blues (or R & B) is a musical marketing term introduced in the United States in the late 1940s by Billboard magazine. ... Céline Marie Claudette Dion, OC, OQ (born March 30, 1968) is a Canadian Grammy, Juno, and Oscar award-winning pop singer and occasional songwriter and actress. ... Year 1992 (MCMXCII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display full 1992 Gregorian calendar). ...


Patti entered the 1990s on a high but not without tragedy. In July 1989, she lost her third sister Jackie to cancer. Patti's two elder sisters had similar fates, with her oldest sister Vivian dying in 1977 (at the height of LaBelle's success) and the second-eldest sister Barbara, dying in 1982 from colon cancer. Her brother, father and mother also passed away around the same time, making Patti the only living member of her extended family while being the mother of six kids - one of her own, three of one of her sisters' children and two adopted - and wife of Armstead Edwards (married since 1969), who had become her manager. 1989 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Cancer is a class of diseases or disorders characterized by uncontrolled division of cells and the ability of these to spread, either by direct growth into adjacent tissue through invasion, or by implantation into distant sites by metastasis (where cancer cells are transported through the bloodstream or lymphatic system). ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


LaBelle herself was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995. She is a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association, and has published two cookbooks targeted at people with diabetes, containing low-sugar and low-fat recipes. In 2005, LaBelle began appearing in advertisements for OneTouch Ultra and later for OneTouch Ultra2, a manufacturer of blood glucose monitoring systems for people with diabetes. This article is about the disease that features high blood sugar. ... The American Diabetes Association, or the ADA, is an American health organization providing diabetes research, information and advocacy. ... A cookbook contains information on cooking, and a list of recipes. ... OneTouch Ultra is a diabetes detection apparatus with advanced features. ... In medicine, blood sugar is glucose in the blood. ...


In 1991, Patti released the gold-selling Burnin' album, which helped her win her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Burnin' featured the hits "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)", "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)" and "Feels Like Another One." That album is also notable because it includes the first Labelle reunion recording with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, on the track "Release Yourself". That success continued onto subsequent albums like 1994's Gems (featuring the hit "The Right Kinda Lover"), 1997's Flame (featuring the hit "When You Talk About Love"), and 1998's Live One Night Only (which won her a second Grammy). In the United States, the Recording Industry Association of America awards certification based on the number of albums and singles sold through retail and other ancillary markets. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Grammy Award statuette The Grammy Awards, presented by the Recording Academy (an association of Americans professionally involved in the recorded music industry) for outstanding achievements in the recording industry, is one of four major music awards shows held annually in the United States (the Billboard Music Awards, the American Music... Sarah Dash is a singer and was part of the group Labelle. ... Nona Hendryx (born October 9, 1944) is a vocalist known for her work as a solo artist as well as one-third of the trio LaBelle. ...


2000s

21 September 2005 at the launch of the west coast La Belle Community Football League.
21 September 2005 at the launch of the west coast La Belle Community Football League.

In 2000, she divorced her husband, L. Armstead Edwards after releasing When A Woman Loves, an album mostly of heartbroken-toned Adult Contemporary songs by Diane Warren. The album did not score an Adult Contemporary chart hit with the title track. LaBelle's musical legacy would be heard on several tracks by younger R&B and hip hop artists, such as "Lady Marmalade", which was resung by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Pink and Mya on the soundtrack of Moulin Rouge!, and became a #1 hit again 26 years after the original topped the charts. She also appeared, though briefly, in a performance of the song at the 2002 Grammy Awards. "Love, Need & Want You" was sampled by rapper Nelly and Destiny's Child member Kelly Rowland in their #1 hit, "Dilemma" and later by Outkast, who featured LaBelle re-singing parts of the song on their hit, "Ghetto Musick". "If Only You Knew" has also been covered and sampled in recent years. Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (800x783, 181 KB) Summary Picture taken 7/21/2005 at the launch of the west coast La Belle Community Football League. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high resolution version (800x783, 181 KB) Summary Picture taken 7/21/2005 at the launch of the west coast La Belle Community Football League. ... is the 264th day of the year (265th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Diane Warren (Born Diane Eve Warren on September 7, 1956 in Van Nuys, California) is an American songwriter. ... Hip hop music is a style of music which came into existence in the United States during the mid-1970s, and became a large part of modern pop culture during the 1980s. ... This article is about the singer. ... Kimberly Denise Jones, better known by her stage name Lil Kim[1], is an American multi-platinum rapper. ... Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979 in Doylestown, Pennsylvania), better known by her stage name P!NK (also written as Pink), is an American singer-songwriter who gained prominence in early January of 2000. ... Mya on her album Moodring (2003) Mya Marie Harrison (born October 10, 1979 in Washington, D.C.) is a United States italian , jamaican American R&B singer, dancer, and actress who debuted in early 1998 as a teenager. ... Moulin Rouge is a 2001 Academy Award-winning jukebox musical film directed by Baz Luhrmann. ... For other uses, see Nelly (disambiguation). ... This article is about the group. ... Kelendria Trene Rowland (born February 11, 1981) is an American R&B singer, songwriter, dancer, and actress, who rose to fame as one of the founding members of the successful R&B girl group Destinys Child, one of the best-selling female band of all time, according to the... This article is about the hip hop group. ...


On February 6, 2003, she performed "Way Up There" at a memorial service in honour of the astronauts lost in the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster, which was held at the Washington National Cathedral and attended by Vice President Dick Cheney among others. Patti was nominated for a Grammy for this tune, but lost to her friend Aretha Franklin. She also released a vibrant single of the cut.[4] On July 22 of the same year, she sang the "Ave Maria" at New York's St. Patrick's Cathedral during the funeral of the Cuban salsa singer Celia Cruz. is the 37th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For further information about Columbias mission and crew, see STS-107. ... Washington National Cathedral has been the site of three presidential state funerals: for Dwight D. Eisenhower, Ronald W. Reagan, Gerald R. Ford and a presidential burial for Woodrow Wilson and a memorial service for Harry Truman. ... A vice president is an officer in government or business who is next in rank below a president. ... Richard Bruce Dick Cheney (born January 30, 1941), is the 46th and current Vice President of the United States, serving under President George W. Bush. ... is the 203rd day of the year (204th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Celia Cruz (October 21, 1925 – July 16, 2003) was a three-time Grammy Award and four-time Latin Grammy winning Afro-Cuban-American salsa singer who spent most of her career living in New Jersey, and working in the United States and several Latin American countries. ...


The year 2004 saw the release of Timeless Journey, which debuted at #16, making it LaBelle's highest charting album in eighteen years. Songs on the album include "2 Steps Away" and "When You Smile", a tribute song for Celia Cruz featuring Spanish language artists Carlos Santana, Andy Vargas, and La India. She scored modest hits with "New Day", "More Than Material" and, "Gotta Go Solo", a duet with Ronald Isley which peaked at #31 on the R&B chart. Patti also headlined the Divas Concert Live.[clarify] Patti LaBelle New Day Club Mixes was released to DJs for club play and reached #1 on the Top Played Songs in the clubs[clarify] and #11 on the US Dance charts. Ronald (center) with brothers OKelly and Rudolph, ca. ... This page has few or no links to other articles. ...


Patti has had her own reality show on TV1, Living It Up with Patti Labelle, since April 30, 2004. is the 120th day of the year (121st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In mid-2005, she released Classic Moments, a cover album featuring tracks made popular by other artists. LaBelle has often performed some of her favorite songs by other singers in her concerts. The album featured such songs as "I Can't Make You Love Me", the lead single, "Ain't No Way" (featuring Mary J Blige), "I'll Stand By You", "Land of the Living" (with singer-songwriter Kristine W.), and "Your Song" (featuring Elton John). Shortly after the release of the album, Labelle was dropped from her label. Reports of conflicts with label head Antonio "L.A." Reid were blamed for the dissolution, as well as an event where several high-profile stars abruptly backed out of appearances at a televised 60th birthday celebration for LaBelle.[5] Mary J. Blige performs on the National Mall in Washington, DC Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B and soul singer, songwriter and producer. ... Kristine W. is a singer who has had huge success in the American and European club scene. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ...


Patti also appeared on Extreme Makeover where she sang "Stand by You" at a candlelight vigil.


While appearing as a guest on the show Martha on December 23, 2005, Patti LaBelle announced that she is reuniting with Labelle. She was among those honoured by Oprah Winfrey at her Legends Ball. She is also playing Motormouth Maybelle in Hairspray on Broadway. Martha is a U.S. daytime television talk show that will start in September, 2005. ... is the 357th day of the year (358th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ...


In June 2006, a previously unreleased BlueBelles track was unearthed and released on an Atlantic compilation CD, "Atlantic Unearthed: Soul Sisters". The name of the track is "(1-2-3-4-5-6-7) Count the Days". LaBelle also appeared in the movie preaching to the choir as Sister Jasmine the Choir Director. LaBelle sang four songs for the album, including "Going to My Father's House", "How I Got Over" and "Preaching to the Choir" with Labelle. Patti also appears on the soundtrack to Chicken Little where she duets one of her old songs, "Stir It Up", with Joss Stone . Chicken Little (2005) is a computer-generated imagery (CGI) animated film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures and Buena Vista Distribution on November 4, 2005. ... Joss Stone (born Joscelyn Eve Stoker on 11 April 1987) is a British soul, R&B, and blues singer, songwriter, and occasional actress who emerged to fame in late 2003 with her debut album, The Soul Sessions, which was certified triple platinum by the BPI, and was announced as one...


In November 2006, LaBelle paid tribute to Dusty Springfield, singing a tribute to her at the UK Music Hall of Fame at Alexandra Palace, London. Set in Alexandra Park, Alexandra Palace was built in an area spanning Wood Green and Muswell Hill, North London, England in 1873 as a public recreation, education and entertainment centre and North London counterpart of The Crystal Palace. ...


On November 21, 2006, The Gospel According To Patti LaBelle was released.[6] As a promotion, all copies sold at Wal-Mart have a bonus track, "The Lord's Prayer". The Gospel According To Patti LaBelle debuted at #86 on the Billboard 200, #17 on the R&B chart and #1 on the Gospel Albums chart. The unit sales of the first week tallied up to 18,000 units sold. Earlier in 2006, LaBelle performed at the 2006 Super Bowl Gospel Celebration.[7] is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... The Billboard 200 is a ranking of the 200 highest-selling music albums and EPs in the United States, published weekly by Billboard magazine. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


LaBelle was prominently featured alongside Fantasia and Yolanda Adams on the remake of Stevie Wonder's "I Wish", on the soundtrack to "Happy Feet". LaBelle will also be featured on "What About Love", the lead track from the soundtrack to The Color Purple: The Musical.[7] Fantasia Monique Barrino (born June 30, 1984), or simply Fantasia, is an American pop, R&B, soul singer and Broadway / television actress who rose to fame as the winner of the third season of the television series American Idol in 2004. ... Yolanda Yvette Adams (born August 27, 1961 in Houston, Texas) is a Grammy Award-winnning American singer. ... Stevie Wonder (born Steveland Hardaway Judkins on May 13, 1950, name later changed to Steveland Hardaway Morris)[1] is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and record producer. ... Songs in the Key of Life track listing I Wish (1976) is a hit funk song by Stevie Wonder. ... In film formats, the soundtrack is the physical area of the film which records the synchronized sound. ... Happy Feet is an Academy Award-winning Australian-produced 2006 computer-animated comedy-drama film, directed and co-written by George Miller. ...


On March 26, 2007, LaBelle was honoured with an Excellence in Media Award by GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation) for her life-long work for gay and lesbian rights and participation in the fight against AIDS. March 26 is the 85th day of the year (86th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On April 29, 2007, LaBelle appeared and sang at the 2007 Fort Lauderdale AIDS Walk in South Florida. is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Fort Lauderdale, known as the Venice of America, is a city located in Broward County, Florida. ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... AIDS Walk is a kind of walkathon fundraiser that raises money to combat the AIDS epidemic. ... This article is about the U.S. State of Florida. ...


LaBelle is also said to be recording a new album with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, together as the reformed LaBelle, with help from Lenny Kravitz. They will be in the recording process this year and will possibly be on the road next year. Leonard Albert Lenny Kravitz (born May 26, 1964) is an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and arranger whose retro style incorporates elements of rock, soul, funk, reggae, hard rock, psychedelic, folk, and ballads. ...


On June 26, 2007, LaBelle gave a teary eulogy on the late Gerald Levert. Patti LaBelle along side Gladys Knight, Yolanda Adams and Eddie Levert paid tribute to Levert at the 2007 BET Awards singing "Wind Beneath My Wings", a favourite song of his which he sang often in his own concerts. is the 177th day of the year (178th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ... Yolanda Yvette Adams (born August 27, 1961 in Houston, Texas) is a Grammy Award-winnning American singer. ... Eddie Levert (born June 16, 1942 in Bessemer, Alabama) is an American singer, and is the lead singer of the soul/funk band The OJays. ... Gerald Levert (July 13, 1966 - November 10, 2006) was an American R&B singer, one of several from the musical Levert family. ... The BET Awards were established in 2001 by the Black Entertainment Television network to celebrate African Americans and other minorities in music, acting, shooting, sports, and other fields of entertainment over the past year. ...


According to a message Ms. LaBelle posted on her official website, she has currently re-signed with Def Jam after being dropped by L.A. Reid in 2005. Reid decided he had made a mistake and offered her another deal, which she took a few months to decide upon but eventually accepted. She has since released a Christmas album produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and James "Big Jim" Wright. The album, titled "Miss Patti's Christmas", was released October 9, 2007 and was due to feature a guest appearance from Mariah Carey; however, this Mariah Carey track did not make the CD. Jimmy Jam (born James Harris III in Minneapolis, Minnesota on June 6, 1959) and Terry Lewis (born November 21, 1956 in Omaha, Nebraska) are an R&B and pop songwriting and record production team. ... James Big JIm Wright James Quentin Wright (b. ... is the 282nd day of the year (283rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...


On October 20, 2007 LaBelle appeared as a surprise guest (with Whitney Houston, who introduced Patti) on the Swarovski Fashion Rocks for the Princes Trust Concert, singing a unique rendition of "Lady Marmalade" alongside the Sugababes for the finale of the concert in London, England. is the 293rd day of the year (294th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... Whitney Elizabeth Houston (born August 9, 1963) is a six-time Grammy award winning, American R&B singer, soprano, pianist, actress, film producer, and former model. ... Sugababes are a BRIT Award-winning British pop group trio from London. ...


On November 4, 2007, the World Music Awards paid tribute to 63-year-old LaBelle for her enduring contribution to R&B. LaBelle sang a rendition of "Lady Marmalade" at the event with Shaggy. "I love this show because it unites the world with music; we need peace in the world," LaBelle said. Mary J. Blige considers her, "the diva of all divas and the voice touched and blessed by God." is the 308th day of the year (309th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... The World Music Awards (founded in 1989) is an international awards show that annually honors recording artists based on their worldwide sales figures, which are provided by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). ...


In February 2008, LaBelle appeared at the The BET Honors show with her friend, Gladys Knight For other uses, see February (disambiguation). ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ...


In March 2008, LaBelle appeared as the Keynote speaker at the 14th Annual Women's Empowerment Expo in Raleigh, NC. .[8] For other uses, see March (disambiguation). ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Anno Domini (or common era), in accordance to the Gregorian calendar. ... springfield va ...


Discography

Albums

  • 1962 Sleigh Belles, Jingle Belles, and Bluebelles (with the Bluebelles)
  • 1963 Sweethearts of the Apollo (with the Bluebelles)
  • 1965 The Bluebelles on Stage (with the Bluebelles)
  • 1966 Over the Rainbow (with the Bluebelles) (Gold)(20 U.S.)
  • 1967 Dreamer (with the Bluebelles) (Gold)
  • 1971 Labelle (Labelle)
  • 1972 Moon Shadow (Labelle)(42 R&B U.S.)
  • 1973 Pressure Cookin' (Labelle)
  • 1974 Nightbirds (Labelle) (7 U.S.)(4 R&B) (Gold)
  • 1975 Phoenix (Labelle) (44 U.S.)(10 U.S. R&B) (Gold)
  • 1976 Chameleon (Labelle) (94 U.S.)(21 R&B ) (Gold
  • 1977 Patti LaBelle (62 U.S.) (16 R&B) (Gold)
  • 1978 Tasty (129 U.S.) (Gold)
  • 1979 It's Alright with Me (145 U.S.) (Gold)
  • 1980 Released (114 U.S.)Gold
  • 1981 The Spirit's In It (156 U.S.) (Gold)
  • 1983 I'm in Love Again (40 U.S.) (4 R&B) (Gold)
  • 1985 Patti (72 U.S.) (13 R&B) (Gold)
  • 1986 Winner in You (1 U.S., 1 R&B, 30 UK, 29 U.S. Dance) (Platinum)
  • 1989 Be Yourself (86 U.S.)(Gold)
  • 1990 This Christmas ( US HOLIDAY 18, US R&B 95)
  • 1991 Burnin' (71 U.S.) (13 R&B) (Gold)
  • 1992 Live! (135 U.S.) (15 R&B)(Gold)
  • 1994 Gems (48 U.S.) (7 R&B) (Gold)
  • 1997 Flame (39 U.S.) (10 R&B) (Gold)
  • 1998 Live! One Night Only (182 U.S.) (52 R&B) (Gold)
  • 2000 When a Woman Loves (63 U.S.) (26 R&B) (Gold)
  • 2004 Timeless Journey (18 U.S.) (5 R&B) (Gold)
  • 2005 Classic Moments (24 U.S.) (5 R&B) (Gold)
  • 2006 The Gospel According To Patti LaBelle (86 U.S. 17 R&B & 1 U.S. Gospel) (Gold)
  • 2007 Miss Patti's Christmas (179 U.S.)

For other uses, see Over the Rainbow (disambiguation). ... Nightbirds is a 1974 album by Labelle. ... For other uses, see Chameleon (disambiguation). ... Patti LaBelle is the debut solo album by Patti LaBelle. ... Winner in You is the name of sixth solo album of R&B singer Patti LaBelle. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...

Singles

Year Song Chart positions Album
U.S. Hot 100 U.S. R&B UK
1962 "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman" (with The Blue Belles) 15 13 Sweethearts of the Apollo
1963 "Down the Aisle" (with The Blue Belles) 37 14
1964 "You'll Never Walk Alone" (with The Blue Belles) 34 34
1965 "Danny Boy" (with The Blue Belles) 76 4
1966 "All or Nothing" (with The Blue Belles) 68 Over the Rainbow
1967 "Take Me for a Little While" (with The Blue Belles) 89 36 Dreamer
1975 "Lady Marmalade" (with Labelle) 1 1 1 Nightbirds
"What Can I Do for You?" (with Labelle) 48 8 1
"Messin' With My Mind" (with Labelle) 8 Phoenix
1976 "Get You Somebody New" (with Labelle) 50 Chameleon
1977 "Isn't It a Shame?" (with Labelle) 18
"Joy to Have Your Love" 11 Patti Labelle
"Dan Swit Me" 29
1978 "You Are My Friend" 61
1979 "Music Is My Way of Life" 81 10 It's Alright with Me
"It's Alright with Me" 34
1980 "Release (the Tension)" 48 Released
"I Don't Go Shopping" 26
1981 "The Spirit's in It" 49 1
1984 "If Only You Knew" 46 1
"Love Has Finally Come at Last" (with Bobby Womack) 88 3 The Poet 2
1985 "New Attitude" 17 3 1 Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack
"Stir It Up" 41 5 18
1986 "On My Own" (with Michael McDonald) 1 1 Winner in You
"Oh, People" 29 7 4
"Kiss Away the Pain" 13
1987 "Something Special (Is Gonna Happen Tonight)" 50 10
"Just the Facts" 34 Dragnet
1989 "If You Asked Me To" 79 10 Licence to Kill soundtrack and Be Yourself
"Yo Mister" 6 44 Be Yourself
1990 "I Can't Complain" 65
1991 "Feels Like Another One" 3 17 Burnin'
"Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)" 2
1992 "All Right Now" 30 Patti LaBelle Live
"When You've Been Blessed (Feels like Heaven)" 4 Burnin
1994 "The Right Kind of Lover" 61 8 1 Gems
"All This Love" 42
1995 "Turn It Out" (with Labelle) 1 To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar soundtrack
"I Never Stopped Loving You" 67 Gems
1997 "When You Talk About Love" 56 12 1 Flame
1998 "Shoe Was on the Other Foot" 10
2004 "New Day" 93 36 11 Timeless Journey
"Gotta Go Solo" (featuring Ronald Isley) 89 31 Gotta Go Solo (single)
2005 "Ain't No Way" (feat. Mary J. Blige) 62 Classic Moments
2006 "Where Love Begins" (feat. Yolanda Adams) 68 The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle"

“Hot 100” redirects here. ... Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs, formerly known by various names including Hot Soul Singles, Hot Black Singles, and Hot R&B Singles (before the hip-hop term was added in the late 1990s), is a chart released weekly by Billboard in the United States. ... Labelle (with the b written in small caps, while the spelling LaBelle exclusively refers to the stage surname of the groups lead vocalist, Patti LaBelle) was an American R&B/soul group, who successfully melded disco with funk and glam rock, resulting in such memorable songs as Lady Marmalade... If Only You Knew was a single written and produced primarily by Dexter Wansel and Cynthia Biggs for American R&B singer Patti LaBelles sixth solo album, Im In Love Again. ... Bobby Womack (born Robert Dwayne Womack, 4 March 1944, in Cleveland, Ohio, U.S.) is an American singer, guitarist and songwriter. ... New Attitude is a song by Patti Labelle. ... Stir It Up was the name of the third and final single from Patti, the fifth solo album from Patti LaBelle. ... On My Own was a hit duet by singers Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald when it was released as a single in 1986. ... Michael McDonald (born February 12, 1952, in St. ... Oh, People was the second single released from Winner in You, the sixth solo album of Patti LaBelle. ... LaBelle in the If You Asked Me To music video (1989). ... Ronald (center) with brothers OKelly and Rudolph, ca. ... Mary Jane Blige (born January 11, 1971) is an American R&B, soul, and hip hop soul singer-songwriter, occasional rapper, record producer, actress, and hip hop icon who has sold more than 40 million records and over 10 million singles worldwide. ... Yolanda Yvette Adams (born August 27, 1961 in Houston, Texas) is a Grammy Award-winnning American singer. ...

Filmography

The worst thing you can do in this part of the country is pay too much attention to the death of a Negro under mysterious circumstances. ... Unnatural Causes is the title of a 1967 detective novel by P. D. James. ... Idlewild is an American musical film, released August 25, 2006, written and directed by Bryan Barber. ... Semi-Pro is an upcoming 2008 comedy film currently in pre-production. ... Mama, I Want to Sing!, written and directed by Charles Randolph-Wright, is a CodeBlack Entertainments adaptation of the Off-Broadway gospel musical, also titled Mama, I Want to Sing!. Grammy Award-winning singer Ciara, veteran soul singer Patti LaBelle, and Lynn Whitfield and Billy Zane will all star...

Music video

  • Going Home to Gospel with Patti Labelle (1991) with Albertina Walker ("queen of gospel"), Barrett Sisters, Ricky Dillard and many more.

The year 1991 in film involved many significant films. ... Albertina Walker (b. ... Gospel, from the Old English good tidings is a calque of Greek () used in the New Testament (see Etymology below). ...

TV talkshow music appearances

Oprah Winfrey, (born January 29, 1954) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. ... Aretha Louise Franklin (born March 25, 1942) is an American singer, songwriter, and pianist. ... For other uses, see Soul (disambiguation). ... Gladys Maria Knight (born May 28, 1944 in Atlanta, Georgia) is an American R&B/soul singer, actress and author. ... Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is a Grammy Award-winning country music singer/songwriter, composer, author, actress and philanthropist. ...

Further reading

  • Labelle, Patti and Randolph, Laura B. (March 1997). Don't Block the Blessings. Thorndike Press, 200. 

References

  1. ^ Patti LaBelle Biography (1944-)
  2. ^ Monaco Revue - The celebrity and lifestyle magazine with purpose
  3. ^ Sankar, Celia (November 23, 2007). LaBelle, the legendary R&B diva, speaks out. MonacoRevue.com.
  4. ^ http://media.cathedral.org/ColumbiaDSL.wmv
  5. ^ PATTI LABELLE VS. ANTONIO 'LA' REID: Did mogul pull artists out of her all-star birthday celebration?. EURweb (October 18, 2005).
  6. ^ Campbell, Dwayne (December 15, 2006). Patti LaBelle's first gospel album recalls her Baptist roots. The Philadelphia Inquirer.
  7. ^ a b Daniels, Karu F. (January 6, 2006). Hip Hop Super ‘Star’. BV Entertainment Newswire. AOL Black Voices.
  8. ^ Myrick, Crystal (March 27, 2008). Patti LaBelle And Others Set to Appear At Women's Empowerment Expo. TheBlackSpotlight.com. TheBlackSpotlight.com.

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External links

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