PATTI LABELLE

RnB / Vocal Jazz / Pop/Art Song/Folk • United States
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Powerful R&B belter who moved from girl group to soul and funk to '80s ballad and dance music, all with enormous success.

Soul diva Patti LaBelle has 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 the helm, they scored a Top 20 pop and R&B hit in 1962 with the single "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman," and subsequently hit the charts in 1964 with renditions of "Danny Boy" and "You'll Never
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Miss Patti's ChristmasMiss Patti's Christmas
Def Soul 2007
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The Essential Patti LaBelleThe Essential Patti LaBelle
Sony Legacy 2008
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20th Century Masters: The Best Of Patti LaBelle (Millennium Collection)20th Century Masters: The Best Of Patti LaBelle (Millennium Collection)
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Geffen 1999
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The Definitive CollectionThe Definitive Collection
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Geffen 2006
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Playlist: The Very Best Of Patti LaBellePlaylist: The Very Best Of Patti LaBelle
Legacy 2015
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This ChristmasThis Christmas
Mca Special Products 2001
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Christmas Collection: 20th Century MastersChristmas Collection: 20th Century Masters
Geffen 2004
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Bel HommageBel Hommage
GPE RECORDS 2017
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Winner in You (On My Own)Winner in You (On My Own)
Jdc Records 2015
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PATTI LABELLE Patti Labelle And Her Bluebells On Stage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Patti Labelle And Her Bluebells On Stage
RnB 1962
PATTI LABELLE Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles : Sleigh Bells, Jingle Bells and Bluebelles album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Patti LaBelle And The Bluebelles : Sleigh Bells, Jingle Bells and Bluebelles
RnB 1963
PATTI LABELLE The Bluebelles Featuring Patti La Belle : Sweethearts Of The Apollo album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Bluebelles Featuring Patti La Belle : Sweethearts Of The Apollo
RnB 1963
PATTI LABELLE Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles : Over The Rainbow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Patti Labelle & The Bluebelles : Over The Rainbow
RnB 1966
PATTI LABELLE Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells : Dreamer album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Patti LaBelle & The Bluebells : Dreamer
RnB 1967
PATTI LABELLE Labelle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Labelle
RnB 1971
PATTI LABELLE Labelle ‎: Moon Shadow album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Labelle ‎: Moon Shadow
RnB 1972
PATTI LABELLE LaBelle ‎: Pressure Cookin' album cover 4.00 | 1 ratings
LaBelle ‎: Pressure Cookin'
RnB 1973
PATTI LABELLE LaBelle : Nightbirds album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
LaBelle : Nightbirds
RnB 1974
PATTI LABELLE LaBelle ‎: Phoenix album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
LaBelle ‎: Phoenix
RnB 1975
PATTI LABELLE Labelle ‎: Chameleon album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Labelle ‎: Chameleon
RnB 1976
PATTI LABELLE Patti Labelle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Patti Labelle
RnB 1977
PATTI LABELLE Tasty album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Tasty
RnB 1978
PATTI LABELLE It's Alright With Me album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
It's Alright With Me
RnB 1979
PATTI LABELLE Released album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Released
RnB 1980
PATTI LABELLE The Spirit's In It album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Spirit's In It
RnB 1981
PATTI LABELLE I'm In Love Again album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
I'm In Love Again
RnB 1983
PATTI LABELLE Patti album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Patti
RnB 1986
PATTI LABELLE Winner In You album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Winner In You
RnB 1986
PATTI LABELLE Be Yourself album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Be Yourself
RnB 1989
PATTI LABELLE This Christmas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
This Christmas
Pop/Art Song/Folk 1990
PATTI LABELLE Burnin' album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Burnin'
RnB 1991
PATTI LABELLE Gems album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Gems
RnB 1994
PATTI LABELLE Flame album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Flame
RnB 1997
PATTI LABELLE When A Woman Loves album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
When A Woman Loves
RnB 2000
PATTI LABELLE Timeless Journey album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Timeless Journey
RnB 2004
PATTI LABELLE Classic Moments album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Classic Moments
RnB 2005
PATTI LABELLE The Gospel According To Patti Labelle album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Gospel According To Patti Labelle
RnB 2006
PATTI LABELLE Miss Patti's Christmas album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Miss Patti's Christmas
RnB 2007
PATTI LABELLE Labelle ‎: Back To Now album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Labelle ‎: Back To Now
RnB 2008
PATTI LABELLE Bel Hommage album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bel Hommage
Vocal Jazz 2017

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PATTI LABELLE Live! album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live!
RnB 1992
PATTI LABELLE Live! One Night Only album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live! One Night Only
RnB 1998
PATTI LABELLE Live In Washington, D.C. album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In Washington, D.C.
RnB 2008

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PATTI LABELLE LaBelle ‎: Pressure Cookin'

Album · 1973 · RnB
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It was still a bit of struggle in the late sixties for Patti Labelle at this time to gain much acceptance after the limited success of Patti Labelle and The Blue Belles with one hit and a couple of minor ones, Girl Groups seemed to heading towards a dead-end and then Cindy Birdsong in 1967 from the original four girl line up decided to join the Supremes and to top it off Atlantic Records a year later dumped the band. Patti Labelle contacted Vicki Wickham from London, television producer and booking agent for a British R&B show who herself had always been a fan but realising the band’s current style was just old hat knew they needed to change. She contacted Chris Stamp co owner of Track Records who also was managing the Rock Band The Who during this current period and was taken by Vicki to see the band at The Apollo who signed them after being quite impressed with what he had heard and seen. First up the band’s name was changed to Labelle much to Patti Labelle’s angst with even more to come for her when it was decided that the old material was to be binned with more Rock and Contemporary material to becomes the band’s music. Still it wasn’t long before Patti Labelle realised they were heading in the right direction after the great receptions the band started to get from audiences with the new style as well as being the opening act for The Who, Sly And The Family Stone, Nina Simone and touring with Mandrill. Two albums were cut with Warner Records, “Gonna Take A Miracle” and “Moonshadow” with limited success and then the move came to Nina Simone’s label RCA where more Soul was injected to the band’s sound with Vicki Wickham producing in “Pressure Cookin’ “. The black soul-rock band Maxayn with a conga player were used to back the band on this record bringing forth a much tighter sound garnering this album great critical reviews but still limited success and although that may be so, this one was the main stepping stone to international fame which would follow for them when Epic Records and Allen Toussaint become involved with their next album “Nightbirds”

“Pressure Cookin’ “ the album’s title gets things going with a Funk backing for this politically charged number for this period in time with the Vietnam War, Black Equality and Watergate being the main drivers behind it with track two interlinking being a Medley comprising Thunder Clap Newman’s hit “Something In the Air” combined with Gil Scott Heron’s “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” and things are kept tight and funky with some great conga input backing “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised” component with Labelle delivering it with more of a spoken word similar to Gil’s original take. “Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)” is Funk injected with some great Wah Wah guitar under riding it all. It’s a ballad for “Can I Speak To You Before I Go To Hollywood” concerning old friends in the industry where once fame had reached them no longer seem available. “Mr Music Man” brings the Rock to the fore on the fast moving tune. “Goin’ On A Holiday” having one gorgeous Bass underpinning with a great hitting the notes vocal from Patti and the girls. “Let Me See You In The Light” is a delightful Soul based number with more of that great conga underneath. “Open Up Your Heart” and let me in and it sure does for this thumpin’ mid tempo Funk number with some great backing vocals for Patti’s lead. The lovely ballad “Last Dance” concludes proceedings with both ballads as good as each other that were incorporated within the album.

Really good album. If you loved “Nightbirds” the following and have not heard this one, you better get it!

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