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Patti LaBelle

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Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards, better known under the stage name, Patti LaBelle, is a Grammy Award winning American singer, author and actress who has spent over 50 years in the music industry. LaBelle spent 16 years as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, who changed their name to Labelle in the early 1970s and released the iconic disco song, "Lady Marmalade".… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1944 Birth LaBelle was born Patricia Louise Holte on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the third of four girls to Henry and Bertha Holte. … Read More

TEENAGE

1960 16 Years Old This success led to Patti forming her first singing group, the Ordettes, in 1960, with schoolmates Jean Brown, Yvonne Hogen and Johnnie Dawson. … Read More
1963 19 Years Old In 1963, the group scored their first hit single with the ballad "Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song)" which became a crossover top 40 hit on the Billboard pop and R&B charts after King Records issued it. … Read More

TWENTIES

1964 20 Years Old …  Around 1964, LaBelle was engaged to Otis Williams, founding member of The Temptations, but broke it off due to scheduling conflicts.
1969 25 Years Old In 1969, LaBelle married a longtime friend, Armstead Edwards. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old Labelle signed with the Warner Music imprint, Track Records, and released their self-titled debut album in 1971. … Read More

THIRTIES

1976 32 Years Old …  After the group split in 1976, LaBelle began a successful solo career, starting with her critically acclaimed debut album, which included the career-defining song, "You Are My Friend". … Read More
1977 33 Years Old Signing a solo contract with Epic Records in 1977, she recruited David Rubinson, producer of Chameleon, to record her self-titled debut album, which was released that year. … Read More
1982 38 Years Old After four albums on Epic, LaBelle signed with Philadelphia International Records where she recorded her career-defining version of "Over the Rainbow" on the album The Spirit's in It. In 1982, she was featured on the Grover Washington duet "The Best Is Yet to Come", and earned accolades that year for starring in the Broadway musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. "The Best Is Yet to Come" later earned LaBelle her first Grammy Award nomination.
1983 39 Years Old In 1983, LaBelle released her breakthrough album I'm in Love Again which included her first top ten R&B singles, with "Love, Need and Want You" and "If Only You Knew", the latter song also becoming her first number-one single as a solo artist in early 1984.

FORTIES

Later in 1984, she scored another hit with Bobby Womack on the song "Love Has Finally Come at Last" and appeared as a club singer in the film A Soldier's Story.
1985 - 1989 3 More Events
1991 47 Years Old In 1991, she recorded a hit duet version of the Babyface composition, "Superwoman" with Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick. … Read More
1992 48 Years Old LaBelle eventually won a 1992 Grammy for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance for her 1991 album, Burnin', followed by a second Grammy win for the live album, Live! … Read More

FIFTIES

1994 50 Years Old LaBelle's 1994 album, Gems, also went gold and featured the hit, "The Right Kinda Lover". … Read More
1996 52 Years Old LaBelle released her best-selling memoirs, Don't Block the Blessings, in 1996, and released the first of five best-selling cookbooks in 1997.
1998 54 Years Old In 1998, she released the live album, Live! … Read More
2000 56 Years Old In 2000, LaBelle released her final MCA album, When a Woman Loves, before signing with Def Soul Classics to release the 2004 album, Timeless Journey.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2005 - 2006 2 More Events
2007 63 Years Old She returned to Def Jam in 2007 and released her second holiday album, Miss Patti's Christmas.
2008 64 Years Old In 2008, LaBelle briefly reunited with Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash as Labelle on the group's first new album in over thirty years, Back to Now.
2010 66 Years Old On September 14, 2010, LaBelle made a return two decades after her last Broadway performance to star in the award-winning musical Fela! about Afrobeat legend Fela Anikulapo-Kuti.
LaBelle replaced Tony Award-nominee Lillias White as Fela's mother, Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, and remained with the production through the end of its run on January 2, 2011.
LaBelle and Aretha Franklin, among others, performed at the "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House" concert hosted by President Barack Obama at the White House, recorded March 6, 2014.
In 2015, LaBelle took part in the dance competition, Dancing with the Stars. … Read More
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