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Patti LaBelle

Singer + Writer and Actor
Female
Born May 24, 1944

Patricia Louise Holte-Edwards, better known under the stage name, Patti LaBelle, is an 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 Born on May 24, 1944.

TEENAGE

1958 14 Years Old In 1958, she formed The Ordettes with three other friends. … Read More

TWENTIES

1965 - 1966 2 More Events
1969 25 Years Old A longtime resident of Philadelphia, LaBelle currently lives in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood. In 1969, she married Armstead Edwards. … Read More
1970 26 Years Old The remaining trio of LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash struggled with subsequent recordings and by 1970, Atlantic had dropped the group from its roster, as had longtime manager Bernard Montague, who had by now focused his full energy on more successful Philly groups such as The Delfonics and The Stylistics. … Read More
1971 27 Years Old In 1971 the group released their debut, Labelle. … Read More

THIRTIES

1976 32 Years Old 1 More Event
…  Despite her success, LaBelle was not pleased at the group's direction and by late 1976, neither LaBelle, Dash, nor Hendryx could agree on a musical direction.
1977 33 Years Old 1 More Event
Her solo career began shortly after the group disbanded in 1977 with the release of her self-titled and critically acclaimed debut album. … Read More
1978 - 1981 2 More Events
1982 38 Years Old In 1982 she recorded the Grover Washington ballad "The Best Is Yet To Come", which led to her first top-20 R&B hit and her first Grammy nomination in the spring of 1983. … Read More

FORTIES

1984 40 Years Old 1 More Event
Later in 1984, LaBelle appeared in her first film, A Soldier's Story.
1985 41 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1985 LaBelle left Philadelphia International signing a lucrative contract with MCA. … Read More
1988 44 Years Old She took a hiatus in 1988, re-emerging with Be Yourself in 1989; the album went gold.
1991 47 Years Old 1 More Event
Her 1991 album, Burnin', resulted in LaBelle's first Grammy win in 1992 for Best Female R&B Vocal Performance, an honor she shared with noted singer Lisa Fischer. … Read More

FIFTIES

1994 50 Years Old Her 1994 album, Gems and 1997 follow-up, Flame, also were certified gold and LaBelle's 1990s singles, "The Right Kinda Lover" and "When You Talk About Love" hit number 1 on the dance charts.
1998 54 Years Old 1 More Event
In 1998, Labelle earned her second Grammy award for her Live! … Read More
2000 56 Years Old Following the announcement of the end of her marriage to her husband, Armstead Edwards, who also dismissed himself as LaBelle's manager after more than 20 years, she released When A Woman Loves album in 2000. … Read More
2002 58 Years Old …  In 2002, LaBelle appears in the 44th Grammy Awards ceremony in a performance of the new version of "Lady Marmalade", with Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink.
In 2003, LaBelle participates in the tribute organized by the Spanish Television network Telemundo to the Cuban singer and legend of the Latin music Celia Cruz, singing with Gloria Estefan.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2004 60 Years Old In April, 2004, LaBelle performed during the VH1's benefit concert Divas Live 2004 alongside Ashanti, Cyndi Lauper, Gladys Knight, Jessica Simpson and Joss Stone, in support of the Save the Music Foundation. … Read More
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.
2012 68 Years Old 1 More Event
On January 2, 2012, she performed "The Star-Spangled Banner" at the NHL Winter Classic between the New York Rangers and Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park.
2013 69 Years Old In October 2013, Mariah Carey took the stage at the 2013 Black Girls Rock! event to honor LaBelle with the evening’s Living Legend award.
Patti LaBelle and Aretha Franklin, among others, performed at the "Women of Soul: In Performance at the White House" concert hosted by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House, recorded March 6, 2014. … Read More
On February 24, 2015, LaBelle was announced as one of the celebrities who will compete on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars. … Read More
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