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Soul diva Patti LaBelle enjoyed one of the longest-lived careers in contemporary music, notching hits in a variety of sounds ranging from girl group pop to space age funk to lush ballads. Born Patricia Holt in Philadelphia on May 24, 1944, she grew up singing in a local Baptist choir, and in 1960 teamed with friend Cindy Birdsong to form a group called the Ordettes. A year later, following the additions of vocalists Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, the group was rechristened the Blue Belles; with producer Bobby Martin at helm, they scored a Top 20 pop and R&B hit in 1962 with the single "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman," subsequently hitting the charts in 1964 with renditions of "Danny Boy" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."

In 1965, the quartet � now known as Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles � signed to Atlantic, where they earned a minor hit with their version of the standard "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." The group's Atlantic tenure was largely disappointing, however, and in 1967 Birdsong replaced Florence Ballard in the Supremes. The remaining trio toured the so-called "chitlin circuit" for the remainder of the decade before signing on with British manager Vicki Wickham in 1970; Wickham renamed the group simply LaBelle and pushed their music in a funkier, rock-oriented direction, and in the wake of their self-titled 1971 Warner Bros. debut they even toured with the Who. (The trio also collaborated with Laura Nyro on her superb R&B-influenced album Gonna Take a Miracle.)

By 1973, LaBelle had gone glam, taking the stage in wildly theatrical, futuristic costumes; a year later they became the first African-American act ever to appear at New York's Metropolitan Opera House, a landmark performance that also introduced their lone chart-topping single, the Allen Toussaint-produced classic "Lady Marmalade." However, after two more albums � 1975's Phoenix and the following year's Chameleon � LaBelle disbanded, and its namesake mounted a solo career, issuing her eponymous debut in 1977. In addition to subsequent releases including 1979's It's Alright with Me and 1980's Released, LaBelle also turned to acting, co-starring in a 1982 Broadway revival of Your Arms to Short to Box with God.

Upon signing with the Philadephia International label, LaBelle scored a number one R&B hit with "If You Only Knew," from 1983's I'm in Love Again. Two years later, she reached the pop Top 20 with her Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack contribution "New Attitude." Her subsequent MCA debut, 1986's The Winner in You, went platinum on the strength of the Burt Bacharach-penned "On My Own," a duet with Michael McDonald, while the follow-up, 1989's Be Yourself, featured a pair of cuts written by Prince. 1991's Burnin' earned a Grammy for Best Female R&B Performance. LaBelle recorded less and less frequently in the years to follow, in 1995 publishing her autobiography, Don't Block the Blessings: Revelations of a Lifetime. She returned five years later to release When a Woman Loves. -- Jason Ankeny of All Music Guide.

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1963Sweethearts of the Apollo
1965The Blue Belles of Stage
1966Over The Rainbow
1977Patti LaBelle
1979It�s Alright With Me
1981The Spirit�s In It
1982Pressure Cookin�
1982Best Of Patti LaBelle
1983I�m In Love Again
1986Winner In You
1989Be Yourself
1990This Christmas
1991Christmas With Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
1991Wishing You A Merry Christmas
1995Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles
1995Our Christmas Songbook
1997Yo Mister
2000When A Woman Loves
2004Timeless Journey
2005Classic Moments


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1963 Sweethearts Of The Apollo

01. Decatur Street
02. Down The Aisle
03. One Phone Call
04. Tear After Tear
05. Danny Boy
06. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman
07. Have I Sinned
08. Itty Bitty Twist
09. I Walked Right In
10. The Joke's On You
11. My Bridal Gown
12. Cool Water
13. I Believe
14. When Johnny Comes Marching Home
15. You Will Fill My Eyes No More
16. You'll Never Walk Alone
17. Academy Award
18. Love Me Just A Little

1965 The Blue Belles On Stage

1966 Over The Rainbow

01. Over The Rainbow
02. More
03. Groovy Kind Of Love
04. Ebb Tide
05. All Or Nothing
06. People
07. Unchained Melody
08. Patti's Prayer
09. He
10. Yesterday
11. Who Can I Turn To
12. Try To Remember

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1967 Dreamer

01. Dreamer
02. Always Something There To Remind Me
03. I'm Still Waiting
04. Take Me For A Little While
05. I Don't Want To Go On Without You
06. Tender Words
07. Danny Boy
08. That's How Heartaches Are Made
09. One Phone Call
10. Down The Aisle
11. Where Are You?

1977 Patti LaBelle

01. Joy To Have Your Love
02. Funky Music
03. Since I Don't Have You
04. Dan Swit Me
05. You Are My Friend
06. You Can't Judge A Book By The Cover
07. I Think About You
08. Do I Stand A Chance
09. Most Likely You Go Your Way

1978 Tasty

1979 It's Alright With Me

01. It's Alright With Me
02. My Best Was Good Enough
03. What'cha Doin' To Me
04. Love Is Just A Touch Away
05. Love And Learn
06. Deliver The Funk
07. Come What May
08. You And Me
09. Music Is My Way Of Life

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1980 Released

1981 The Spirit's In It

01. The Spirit's In It
02. Here You Come Again
03. Love Lives
04. I Fell In Love Without Warning
05. Boats Against The Current
06. Rockin' Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu
07. Family
08. Shoot Him On Sight
09. Over The Rainbow

1982 Pressure Cookin'

01. Pressure Cookin'
02. Something In The Air
03. Revolution Will Not Be Televised
04. Sunshine(woke up this morning)
05. (can I speak to you before you go to)Hollywood?
06. Hollywood
07. Mr. Music Man
08. Goin' On A Holiday
09. Let Me See You In The Light
10. Open Up Your Heart
11. Last Dance

1982 Best Of Patti LaBelle

01. Lady Marmalade
02. You Are My Friend
03. Joy To Have Your Love
04. Little Girls
05. Music Is My Way Of Life
06. I Don't Go Shopping
07. It's Alright With Me
08. Come What May

1983 I'm In Love Again

01. I'm In Love Again
02. Lover Man
03. Love, Need And Want You
04. If Only You Knew
05. Body Language
06. I'll Never, Never Give up
07. Love Bankrupt
08. When Am I Gonna Find True Love

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1985 Patti

1986 Winner In You

01. Oh People
02. On My Own(w/Michael McDonald)
03. Something Special(is gonna happen tonight)
04. Kiss Away The Pain
05. Twisted
06. You're Mine Tonight
07. Finally We're Back Together
08. Beat My Heart Like A Drum
09. Sleep With Me Tonight
10. There's A Winner In You

1989 Be Yourself

01. If You Asked Me To
02. I Can't Complain
03. Be Yourself
04. Yo Mister
05. I Got It Like That
06. Love '89
07. Still In Love
08. I'm Scared Of You
09. Can't Bring Me Down
10. Need A Little faith
11. I Can Fly

1990 This Christmas

01. This Christmas
02. 'Twas Love
03. Nothing Could Be Better
04. I'm Christmasing With You
05. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?
06. If Everyday Could Be Like Christmas
07. Reason For The Season
08. Country Christmas
09. Born In A Manger
10. O Holy Night
11. Wouldn't It Be Beautiful
12. Angel Man

1991 Christmas With Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles

1991 Wishing You A Merry Christmas

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1991 Burnin'

01. Feels Like Another One
02. Somebody Loves You Baby
03. When You Love Somebody
04. I Don't Do Duets
05. Temptation
06. When You've Been Blessed
07. Burnin'(the fire is still birnin' for you)
08. I Hear Your Voice
09. We're Not Making Love Anymore
10. Release Yourself
11. Love Never Dies

1992 Live!

01. All Right Now
02. Release Yourself
03. Somebody Loves You Baby
04. New Attitude
05. If Only You Knew
06. You Are My Friend
07. Lady Marmalade
08. Feels Like Another One
09. Wind Beneath My Wings
10. When You've Been Blessed
11. I Don't Like Goodbyes
12. Over The Rainbow
13. Up There With You

1993 Gems

01. I'm In Love
02. All This Love
03. The Right Kind Of Lover
04. This Word Is All
05. Too Good To Be Through
06. I Never Stopped Loving You
07. Stay In My Corner
08. If I Didn't Have You
09. I Can't Tell My Heart What To Do
10. Time Will Tell
11. Our World
12. Come As You Are

1995 Patti LaBelle & The Blue Belles

01. White Christmas
02. O Holy Night
03. Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
04. The First Noel
05. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
06. Jingle Bells
07. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
08. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
09. O Come All Ye Faithful
10. Auld Lang Syne

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1995 Our Christmas Songbook

01. White Christmas
02. Jingle Bells
03. The First Noel
04. O Come All Ye Faithful
05. Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
06. Winter Wonderland
07. O Little Town Of Bethlehem
08. O Holy Night
09. Blue Christmas
10. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
11. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
12. Silent Night
13. Auld Lang Syne
14. What Are You Doing New Year's Eve

1997 Yo Mister

01. Yo Mister
02. Beat My Heart Like A Drum
03. Feels Like Another One
04. Release Yourself
05. You're Mine Tonight
06. All Right Now
07. Oh, People
08. When You Love Somebody
09. Sleep With Me Tonight
10. There's A winner In You
11. Can't Bring Me Down
12. If Only You Knew
13. Lady Marmalade

1997 Flame

01. Someone Like You
02. I Like The Way It Feels
03. You Are My Solid Ground
04. Flame
05. Let Me Be Your Lady
06. Does He Love You
07. Shoe Was On The Other Foot
08. Addicted To You
09. When You Talk About Love
10. Love Is Just A Whisper Away
11. If By chance
12. Let Me Be There For You
13. You Saved My Life
14. Don't Block The Blessings

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2000 When A Woman Loves

01. The Kitchen
02. When A Woman Loves
03. Make Tonight Beautiful
04. If I Was A River
05. Why Do We Hurt Each Other
06. Too Many Tears, Too Many Times
07. Call Me Gone
08. Time Will
09. Tell Where It Hurts
10. I'll Still Love You More
11. Love Will Lead You Back
12. When A Woman Loves(reprise)

2004 Timeless Journey

01. More Then Material
02. It's Time
03. New Day
04. Something More
05. Sometimes Love
06. Hear My Cry
07. Good Lovin'
08. Mm, Mm, Mm
09. Not Right But Real
10. 2 Steps Away
11. Finally Got The Nerve
12. Unpredictable
13. When You Smile

2005 Classic Moments

01. Ain't No Way
02. He's Out Of My Life
03. Didn't I(blow your mind this time)
04. Love Don't Live Here Anymore
05. I Keep Forgetting
06. Love Ballad
07. I Can't Make You Love Me
08. Your Song
09. I'll Write A Song For You
10. Silly
11. I'll Stand By You
12. You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else
13. Land Of The Living

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