Patti LaBelle
American singer, writer and actor
Patti LaBelle
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".
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What’s on TV Monday: ‘The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show’ and ‘Divas Holiday: Unsilent Night’
NYTimes - 3 months
The Victoria’s Secret angels alight in Paris, and the divas Mariah Carey, Chaka Khan and Patti LaBelle trill in the holiday season.
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Patti LaBelle is getting her own cooking show
Fox News - 4 months
The songstress is sharing her home cooked meals with fans.
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Patti LaBelle unveils new cobblers, cakes for Walmart -- how do they taste?
Chicago Times - 6 months
'Shout out to Patti LaBelle, honey!” And with that auspicious beginning, James Wright Chanel’s YouTube love letter to Patti LaBelle’s branded sweet potato pie went viral — to the tune of 5 million views and counting. Put another way, the video was so popular that the pie (sold exclusively at Walmart)...
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Aretha Franklin: 'Ms. Patti Is Gonna Have To Move That Pie To The Side!'
Huffington Post - about 1 year
It appears Aretha Franklin wants a piece of Patti LaBelle’s sweet potato pie success. Well, sort of. During an interview with Detroit’s WDIV Local 4 news on Wednesday, Franklin was asked by a correspondent if she tried LaBelle’s popular Wal-Mart sweet potato pie. “No, I haven’t, but Ms. Patti’s gonna have to move that pie to the side,” Franklin said before sharing that she is currently working with a Phoenix-based food group to launch her very own line of food products. The Queen of Soul says her line of products will include chili, gumbo and baked chicken. Franklin’s forthcoming food venture will add to the pair’s alleged rivalry, which made headlines in 2014 following a rumored fist fight between the two in Atlanta. Despite the reports, Franklin later dismissed the encounter in a statement to USA Today. "I've never heard anything crazier -- regarding myself and Patti allegedly fighting on March 20, in Atlanta," she said. "Patti and I are cool and we always have bee ...
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Why Patti LaBelle And Her Husband Divorced After 3 Decades Together
Huffington Post - about 1 year
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Why Patti LaBelle And Her Husband Divorced After 3 Decades Together
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My Parents' Divorce Made Me A Feminist
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"When My Parents Split Up" is a HuffPost series that explores what it's like to have your parents divorce at all ages, from infancy to adulthood. Want to share your experience as a child of divorce? Email us at divorce@huffingtonpost.com. When Anastasia Higginbotham was 14, her parents split up. It shook up her world -- but ultimately empowered her to speak up for herself.  Below, Higginbotham -- the author of Divorce Is the Worst, the first in a children's book series called Ordinary Terrible Things published by the Feminist Press -- shares more of her story.   Breaking The News: "I was 14 at the time. My older sisters were 20 and 19, my brother was 16 and my youngest sister was 10. I was drinking a glass of milk before school. Mom was paying bills at the head of our kitchen table, checkbook open, pen in hand. She said, 'I’ve asked your father to leave. He’s in love with another woman but she’s not the problem -- she’s the solution to the problem.' Then she said, 'If any ...
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My Parents' Divorce Made Me A Feminist
Huffington Post - about 1 year
"When My Parents Split Up" is a HuffPost series that explores what it's like to have your parents divorce at all ages, from infancy to adulthood. Want to share your experience as a child of divorce? Email us at divorce@huffingtonpost.com. When Anastasia Higginbotham was 14, her parents split up. It shook up her world -- but ultimately empowered her to speak up for herself.  Below, Higginbotham -- the author of Divorce Is the Worst, the first in a children's book series called Ordinary Terrible Things published by the Feminist Press -- shares more of her story.   Breaking The News: "I was 14 at the time. My older sisters were 20 and 19, my brother was 16 and my youngest sister was 10. I was drinking a glass of milk before school. Mom was paying bills at the head of our kitchen table, checkbook open, pen in hand. She said, 'I’ve asked your father to leave. He’s in love with another woman but she’s not the problem -- she’s the solution to the problem.' Then she said, 'If any ...
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Viral star 'dishes' on Patti LaBelle
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Singing a new tune
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patti LaBelle
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    LaBelle made some headlines in late 2015 when a YouTube vlogger known as James Wright spoke enthusiastically on YouTube of her brand of sweet potato pies.
    More Details Hide Details The video went so viral that one pie was sold every second at Walmart, selling out across the country. Musician MonoNeon wrote a bass guitar musical accompaniment to James Wright's original viral video.
    In 2015 LaBelle made a guest appearance on Fox's Empire as herself.
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    On February 24, 2015, LaBelle was announced as one of the celebrities who would compete on the 20th season of Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details She partnered with professional dancer Artem Chigvintsev. The couple was eliminated on Week 6 and finished in 8th place. LaBelle has consistently toured the United States selling out shows in various markets. In 2012 and 2014 she appeared with Frankie Beverly & Maze on cross-country USA tours.
    In 2015, LaBelle took part in the dance competition, Dancing with the Stars.
    More Details Hide Details In a career that has spanned fifty years, she has sold more than 50 million records worldwide. LaBelle has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, the Apollo Theater Hall of Fame and the Songwriters' Hall of Fame. In 2005, the World Music Awards recognized her years in the music business by awarding her the Legend Award. Possessing the voice of a soprano, LaBelle was included in Rolling Stone on their list of 100 Greatest Singers. LaBelle is commonly identified as the "Godmother of Soul".
  • 2014
    In August 2014, it was announced that LaBelle would appear in a guest role on the upcoming fourth season of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story, subtitled Freak Show.
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    On June 10, 2014, LaBelle returned to Broadway as the cast and creative team of the Tony Award-nominated smash hit Broadway musical After Midnight, welcomed her as "Special Guest Star".
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    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.
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  • 2011
    In June 2011, a West Point cadet filed a civil suit against LaBelle after he was allegedly assaulted by her bodyguards.
    More Details Hide Details LaBelle and her entourage were on their way to a gig in Louisiana when Richard King, a 23-year-old cadet on spring break, approached her limousine. Having been drinking, he then verbally assailed LaBelle and exchanged heated words with her son Zuri Edwards, working as her driver at the time. King punched Edwards, and Holmes stepped in, striking King several times. According to court documents, King's intoxication level was almost 3.5 times the Texas legal limit that day. Initially, he could not remember what happened and authorities reported him as the aggressor, but no one from LaBelle's team pressed charges. King was later given a suspension from the U.S. Military Academy. He sued LaBelle and Holmes for assault, seeking $1 million in civil court. LaBelle filed a counter-suit. Efrem Holmes, Labelle's bodyguard, was acquitted of misdemeanor assault on November 12, 2013, a charge stemming from the 2011 incident at George Bush International Airport in Houston, Texas.
    LaBelle was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the BET Awards on June 26, 2011.
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    On May 23, 2011, LaBelle appeared on "Oprah's Farewell Spectacular, Part 1" the first show in a series of three shows constituting the finale of The Oprah Winfrey Show, singing "Over the Rainbow" with Josh Groban.
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    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.
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  • 2010
    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.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2008
    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.
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  • 2007
    She returned to Def Jam in 2007 and released her second holiday album, Miss Patti's Christmas.
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  • 2006
    In 2006, she released her first gospel album, The Gospel According to Patti LaBelle on the Bungalo label, the album later peaking at number one on Billboard's gospel chart.
    More Details Hide Details LaBelle also released the book, Patti's Pearls, during this period.
  • 2005
    Following the release of her 2005 covers album, Classic Moments, LaBelle engaged in a rivalry with Antonio "L.A." Reid over the direction of her career, leading to her leaving the label.
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  • 2000
    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.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1998
    In 1998, she released the live album, Live!
    More Details Hide Details One Night Only, later resulting in a second Grammy win the following February. It remains her most recent Grammy win.
  • 1996
    LaBelle released her best-selling memoirs, Don't Block the Blessings, in 1996, and released the first of five best-selling cookbooks in 1997.
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  • 1994
    LaBelle's 1994 album, Gems, also went gold and featured the hit, "The Right Kinda Lover".
    More Details Hide Details Three years after that, LaBelle released the album, Flame, which included the dance hit, "When You Talk About Love".
  • 1992
    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!
    More Details Hide Details One Night Only. Her 1990s albums, Burnin, Gems (1994) and Flame (1997), continued her popularity with young R&B audiences throughout the decade. Following the release of two mildly receptive solo albums in the early new millennium, she reunited with her Labelle band mates for the album, Back to Now, followed by a briefly well received promotional tour. LaBelle's success has extended as an actress with a notable role in the film, A Soldier's Story, and in TV shows such as A Different World and American Horror Story: Freak Show. In 1992, LaBelle starred in her own TV sitcom, Out All Night. A decade later, LaBelle hosted her own lifestyle TV show, Living It Up with Patti LaBelle on TV One.
  • 1991
    In 1991, she recorded a hit duet version of the Babyface composition, "Superwoman" with Gladys Knight and Dionne Warwick.
    More Details Hide Details The trio had previously appeared in the Sisters in the Name of Love TV special in 1987. The same year of the release of "Superwoman", LaBelle issued the solo album, Burnin', which went gold, with three successive top five singles on the R&B charts. This success led to LaBelle winning her first Grammy Award in the Best Female R&B Vocal Performance category, sharing the win with singer Lisa Fischer, who won for her hit ballad, "How Can I Ease the Pain", in a rare tie in the history of the Grammys.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1989
    The success of Winner in You would prove to be the peak of her solo success, though she continued her acclaim with the 1989 release of Be Yourself, which featured "Yo Mister" and the hit ballad "If You Asked Me To", which found bigger success in a remake by singer Celine Dion.
    More Details Hide Details In the year of that album's release, LaBelle began a successful stint in a recurring role on A Different World, the success of which spawned a brief sitcom of her own, titled Out All Night, which only lasted a season.
  • 1986
    In 1986, LaBelle released her best-selling solo album to date with Winner in You with the album reaching number one on the pop charts.
    More Details Hide Details The album included the international number-one hit, "On My Own" and the hit ballad "Oh People".
  • 1985
    In 1985, LaBelle performed on the TV special, Motown Returns to Apollo and also as part of the all-star benefit concert, Live Aid.
    More Details Hide Details LaBelle's notoriety from performing on these two specials made her a pop star and led to having her own television special later that same year. Also in the same year, a video of a performance from her tour of that year was issued on VHS. During this period, LaBelle ended her contractual obligations to Philadelphia International and signed with MCA Records.
  • 1984
    Following the release of the film, "New Attitude" was released as a single in late 1984 and became LaBelle's first crossover solo hit, reaching number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and becoming a signature song. "Stir It Up" found similar success on pop radio and as a staple in dance clubs.
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    In 1984, LaBelle recorded the songs "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up" for the soundtrack to the Eddie Murphy film, Beverly Hills Cop.
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    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.
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  • 1983
    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.
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  • 1982
    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.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1977
    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.
    More Details Hide Details The album was noted for the disco hits, "Joy to Have Your Love" and "Dan Swit Me" and the gospel ballad, "You Are My Friend", the latter song becoming her first career-defining single despite its low entry on the R&B chart. Three more albums were released in succession on Epic through 1980, with the songs "Eyes in the Back of My Head", "Little Girls", "Music is My Way of Life", "Come What May", "Release (The Tension)" and "I Don't Go Shopping", the latter song co-written by Peter Allen, being the most successful.
  • 1976
    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".
    More Details Hide Details LaBelle became a mainstream solo star in 1984 following the success of the singles, "If Only You Knew", "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up", with the latter two crossing over to pop audiences becoming radio staples. Less than two years later, in 1986, LaBelle scored with the number-one album, Winner in You and the number-one duet single, "On My Own", with Michael McDonald.
  • 1971
    Labelle signed with the Warner Music imprint, Track Records, and released their self-titled debut album in 1971.
    More Details Hide Details The record's psychedelic soul sound and its blending of rock and soul rhythms was a departure from the group's early sound. That same year, they sang background vocals on Laura Nyro's album, Gonna Take a Miracle. A year later, in 1972, the group released Moon Shadow, which repeated the homegrown gritty sound of the previous album. In 1973, influenced by glam rockers David Bowie and Elton John, Wickham had the group dressed in silver space suits and luminescent makeup. After their third successive album, Pressure Cookin', failed to generate a hit, Labelle signed with Epic Records in 1974, releasing their most successful album to date, with Nightbirds, which blended soul, funk and rock music, thanks to the work of the album's producer, Allen Toussaint. The single, "Lady Marmalade", would become their biggest-selling single, going number one on the Billboard Hot 100 and selling over a million copies, as did Nightbirds, which later earned a RIAA gold award, for sales of a million units. In October 1974, Labelle made pop history by becoming the first rock and roll vocal group to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House. Riding high on the success of "Lady Marmalade" and the Nightbirds album, Labelle made the cover of Rolling Stone in 1975.
  • 1969
    In 1969, LaBelle married a longtime friend, Armstead Edwards.
    More Details Hide Details After LaBelle started a solo career, Edwards became her manager until the couple separated in the late 1990s. In 2000, the couple announced they had legally separated. Three years later, their divorce was finalized. They have a child, Zuri Kye Edwards (born 1973), who is now her current manager. In addition to Zuri, LaBelle has two adopted sons, Stanley and Dodd. In 1982, her eldest sister Vivian Rogers died of lung cancer at 42. In 1984, she lost her second-eldest sister, Barbara Purifoy, to colon cancer at 41. A year later, she lost her mother, Bertha, to diabetes. In 1989, she lost her father Henry to emphysema brought on by complications of Alzheimer's disease and her youngest sister, Jacqueline "Jackie" Padgett, to lung cancer. Jackie was only 43 when she died. LaBelle dedicated her album, Burnin and her rendition of "Wind Beneath My Wings" in her 1991/92 concert tour to Padgett. After burying Padgett, LaBelle shot the music video to "If You Asked Me To". In 1995, LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes. LaBelle has a home in the Philadelphia suburb of Wynnewood and also has condos in Los Angeles and in the Bahamas.
  • OTHER
  • 1964
    Around 1964, LaBelle was engaged to Otis Williams, founding member of The Temptations, but broke it off due to scheduling conflicts.
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  • 1963
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Later in the year, they recorded their rendition of the standard "You'll Never Walk Alone"; the single was later re-released on Cameo-Parkway Records where the group scored a second hit on the pop charts with the song in 1964. Another charted single, "Danny Boy", was released that same year. In 1965, after Cameo-Parkway folded, the group moved to New York and signed with Atlantic Records where they recorded twelve singles for the label, including the mildly charted singles "All or Nothing" and "Take Me for a Little While". The group's Atlantic tenure included their rendition of "Over the Rainbow" and a version of the song "Groovy Kind of Love". In 1967, Birdsong left the group to join The Supremes and by 1970 the group had been dropped from Atlantic Records as well as by their longtime manager Bernard Montague.
  • 1960
    This success led to Patti forming her first singing group, the Ordettes, in 1960, with schoolmates Jean Brown, Yvonne Hogen and Johnnie Dawson.
    More Details Hide Details The group, with Patti as front woman, became a local attraction until two of its members left to marry. In 1962, the Ordettes included three new members, Cindy Birdsong, Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, the latter two girls having sung for another defunct vocal group. That year, they auditioned for local record label owner Harold Robinson. Robinson agreed to work with the group after Patti began singing the song "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman". Initially Robinson was dismissive of Patti due to him feeling Patti was "too dark and too plain". Shortly after signing them, he had them record as the Blue Belles and they were selected to promote the recording of "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman", which had been recorded by The Starlets, but was assigned as a Blue Belles single due to label conflict. The Starlets' manager sued Harold Robinson after the Blue Belles were seen performing a lip-synching version of the song on American Bandstand. After settling out of court, Robinson altered the group's name to "Patti LaBelle and The Blue Belles". Initially, a Billboard ad cited the group as "Patti Bell and the Blue Bells".
  • 1944
    LaBelle was born Patricia Louise Holte on May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the third of four girls to Henry and Bertha Holte.
    More Details Hide Details Her father was a railroad worker and her mother was a domestic. Despite enjoying her childhood, LaBelle would later write in her memoirs, Don't Block the Blessings, that her parents' marriage was abusive. When Patti was seven, she was sexually molested by a family friend. At twelve, her parents' marriage came to an end though Patti remained close to her father. Patti joined a local church choir at the Beulah Baptist Church at ten and performed her first solo two years later, while she also grew up listening to secular music styles such as R&B and jazz music. When she was fifteen, she won a talent competition at her high school.
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