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497. LaBelle

Top 5 Albums from Last.FM

  • Nightbirds

  • 100 Hits Of The '70s

  • The Rolling Stone Magazines 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time

  • Lady Marmalade: The Best Of Patti & LaBelle

  • LaBelle

When the United States grew tired of the girl group formula, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles found themselves without a record deal and an American audience to perform to. They reinvented themselves as LaBelle, a Rock infused Funk /Proto-Disco group with Space Age costumes and a “new attitude”. Their iconic hit, Lady Marmalade still resonates today and it has been said that this group was the prototype for the En Vogue and Destiny’s Child that followed. Patti LaBelle is the ace in the hole here, as she has had a complete career that was Hall of Fame worthy, but it in this 70’s incarnation where she was at her best.




The Bullet Points:

Eligible Since:



Country of Origin:

U.S.A. (Philadelphia, PA)


Nominated In:



NIHOF’s Favorite Album:

Nightbirds (1975)


NIHOF’s Favorite Song:

Lady Marmalade (From Nightbirds, 1975)

Should LaBelle be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 0%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 0%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 66.7%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 33.3%
Last modified on Friday, 10 February 2017 20:36
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0 #1 Darryl Tahirali 2016-06-28 21:58
In the early 1970s, what do you do with a trio of African-America n women who wanted to rock as much as funk? Tina Turner may have been covering similar territory around the same time, but Ike was using her primarily as a slut-for-hire, and it was clear that LaBelle had more serious concerns on their minds.

With songs like "Sunday's News" and "Sunshine (Woke Me Up This Morning)," Nona Hendryx is one of the more underrated and overlooked songwriters of the period. And with their covers of the Who's "Won't Get Fooled Again" and especially the medley "Something in the Air/The Revolution Will Not Be Televised," from Thunderclap Newman and Gil Scott-Heron, respectively, they made their social and political concerns explicit.

Not that the pop audience was expecting this from a trio of black chicks. They were expected to serve up that brown sugar that the Rolling Stones and Tina Turner promised us--which is where "Lady Marmalade" comes in. Still, that's not a bad French lesson, ne c'est pas?

LaBelle deserves another look. They won't get into the Hall, but they were significant.

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