Patti LaBelle

Jan. 14
8 p.m.
Pop, R&B, Singer-Songwriter, Soul

Philadelphia soul diva Patti LaBelle initially emerged as leader of the Bluebelles, a classic early-’60s girl group that included Cindy Birdsong, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash. Their diverse but complementary vocal styles fueled hits such as “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” Birdsong eventually left to join the Supremes and the remaining trio morphed into the far funkier Labelle, with a rock edge and space oddity image. They scored big with the monster hit “Lady Marmalade,” whose salacious come-on, greasy rhythms, funky horns, and soaring vocals formed the group’s signature tune. Later LaBelle continued racking up hits in a solo career highlighted by “New Attitude” from the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, “If Only You Knew,” and a duet with Michael McDonald, “On My Own,” plus Grammys for the albums Burnin’ and Live! One Night Only. She’s also had a busy acting career, with numerous Broadway, film, and TV roles. And when she isn’t cookin’ onstage, she’s cookin’ in the kitchen, producing cookbooks, sauces, and baked goods, including what’s allegedly a killer sweet potato pie.

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