- 2.1 albums
- 2.2 Singles
Blue Belles & Labelle
At 14, Patti LaBelle began to sing in church. In 1958 she formed with three friends the Ordettes. In 1962, she received a record deal, which was from Patricia Holt Patty LaBelle, and from the Ordettes the Blue Belles.
In the same year, Patti LaBelle & the Blue Belles with I Sold My Heart to the Junkman had their first top 40 hit. They performed at the legendary New York to the Apollo Theater and was one of the hottest vocal groups of their time. Among her hits were Danny Boy, Down the Aisle, You'll Never Walk Alone and Somewhere over the Rainbow.
1970 went the Bluebelles to England. The following year she came back with a new name to America: Labelle; End of the year they jointly published with Laura Nyro Gonna Take a Miracle LP. In 1975 she had with Lady Marmalade a number 1, the associated album Night Birds won platinum. In Germany LaBelle was less successful, only their single Lady Marmalade was also placed in the German charts in 1975 among the top 20.
In 1976, the group split up. The following year, Patti LaBelle released her eponymous first solo album. In 1983 she had two big hits with If Only You Knew and Love, Need & Want You. 1985 helped the movie Beverly Hills Cop their song New Attitude achieved unexpected success. In 1986, their most successful album out, Winner in You, which composed by Burt Bacharach number 1 hit On My Own. For the Bond film Licence to Kill, she sang the song If You Asked Me To.
1991 Patti LaBelle won her first Grammy in 1998 the second. In 1993 she received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and the 2007 Excellence in Media Award at the GLAAD Media Awards. Some of their songs were re-recorded by young pop artists, such as Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, P! Nk, Mýa and Lil 'Kim ( for the film Moulin Rouge), or processed, such as Love, Need & Want You by Nelly and Kelly Rowland in their number 1 hit dilemma. LaBelle is a big fan of Mariah Carey. Both participated together on a duet titled Got To Be Real.
Indicated are the positions on the Billboard Hot 100, the UK Singles Chart and the Hot Dance Music / Club Play charts.