LaBelle (American female vocal group, of "Lady Marmalade" fame)

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Labelle is an American all-female singing group who were a popular vocal group of the 1960s and 1970s. The group was formed after the disbanding of two rival girl groups in the Philadelphia/Trenton areas, the Ordettes and the Del-Capris, forming as a new version of the former group, later changing their name to The Blue Belles (later Bluebelles). The founding members were Patti LaBelle (formerly Patricia Holt), Cindy Birdsong, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash.

As The Bluebelles, and later Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, the group found success with ballads in the doo-wop genre, most notably "Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song)", "You'll Never Walk Alone" and "Over the Rainbow". After Birdsong departed to join The Supremes in 1967, the group, following the advice of Vicki Wickham, changed its look, musical direction, and style and reformed as Labelle in 1971. Their funk rock recordings of that period became cult favorites for their brash interpretation of rock and roll and for dealing with subject matter that was not typically touched by female black groups. Finally after adapting glam rock and wearing outlandish space-age and glam-rock costumes, the group found success with the proto-disco smash "Lady Marmalade" in 1974, leading to their parent album, Nightbirds, which achieved gold success. They are notable for being the first contemporary pop group and first black pop group to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House. They were also the first black vocal group to appear on the cover of Rolling Stone.

The group members each went on their own after the end of a tour in 1976, going on to have significant solo success. Nona Hendryx followed an idiosyncratic muse into her own solo career, which often bordered on the avant-garde, Sarah Dash became a celebrated session singer while Patti LaBelle enjoyed a very successful Grammy winning and receiving lifetime achievement awards from the Apollo Theatre, World Music Awards and BET Awards .

The group returned with their first new album in 32 years with 2008's Back to Now.

Labelle had nine Top 20 R&B hits between 1963 and 1976.

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1996American DanceVarious Artists1
1998Disco knallers uit de seventies!Various Artists1

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YearTitleArtistRatingReleases
1976K-Tel’s Mind BenderVarious Artists1
1978Disco FeverVarious Artists1
1984Remember the 70's (Volume 4)Various Artists1
1988…and the Beat Goes On! 34 Dance Hits of the 70’sVarious Artists1
198825 Years of Rock ’n’ Roll: 1975: 20 of the Year’s Greatest TracksVarious Artists1
1988100 All Time Classic Dance Hits of the 1970sVarious Artists1
1988Dance Classics, Volume 2Various Artists3
1988Sébastien c'est fouVarious Artists1
1989Seems Like Yesterday, Volume II: Mid 70sVarious Artists1
198925 Jaar Popmuziek: 1975Various Artists1
198925 Jaar Top 40 Hits, Deel 3: ’73–’76Various Artists1
1989Le Top de la discoVarious Artists1
1989Mega Hits Dance Classics, Volume 6Various Artists1
1989Sanctified SoulVarious Artists1
1990Sounds of the Seventies: 1975Various Artists1
1990Those Funky '70sVarious Artists1
1991ClassicsLaura Nyro1
1991Dance Classics GoldVarious Artists1
1991Dance Explosion: 50 Disco Hits From the 70’sVarious Artists1
1991De Pre Historie 1975, Volume 1Various Artists1
1991Rhythm & BlackVarious Artists1
1991Rhythm DivineVarious Artists1
1991Rock Times, Volume 11: 1975-1976Various Artists1
1991Soul Hits of the '70s: Didn't It Blow Your Mind! Volume 14Various Artists1
1992Blame It on the BoogieVarious Artists1
1992Cosmopolitan, Volume 5Various Artists1
1992New Orleans Party ClassicsVarious Artists2
1992Nr 1 Hits Uit de Top 40: 1965-1991Various Artists1
1992The Greatest Hits 1967-1991Various Artists1
1993Classic Rare Groove: Definitive Rare Groove Mastercuts, Volume 1Various Artists1
1993Disco Divas, 20 Dance ClassicsVarious Artists1
1993Let's Go Disco!Various Artists1
1993The Best of the Dance ClassicsVarious Artists1
1993Very Best of the 70’sVarious Artists1
1994Party RockVarious Artists2
1994SuperfunkVarious Artists1
1994The 70’s: 1975Various Artists1
1994The No. 1 Hits 1975Various Artists1
1994The Sex of ItVarious Artists1
1995Legacy's Rhythm & Soul RevueVarious Artists1
1995Night FeverVarious Artists1
1995Soul Train 25th Anniversary Hall of FameVarious Artists1
1995Arcade's Disco Top 100, Volume 1Various Artists1
1995Class Reunion 1975: Greatest Hits of 1975Various Artists1
1995Give Your Body Up: Club Classics & House Foundations, Volume 1Various Artists1
1995Great American Grooves: Dance PartyVarious Artists1
1995Hot Hits Dancin' Pop, Volume 40Various Artists1
1995Only Dance 1975-1979Various Artists1
1995Party Collection, Volume 8Various Artists1
1995Super ’70sVarious Artists1
1995The Beat Goes OnVarious Artists1
1995The Funky Sounds of the Soul 70'sVarious Artists1
1996Crescent City Soul: Sound of New OrleansVarious Artists2
1996Disco Mix 96Various Artists1
1996Strip Jointz: Hot Songs for Sexy DancersVarious Artists1
1996Greatest HitsPatti LaBelle1
199670’s Dance MachineVarious Artists1
1996AM Gold: 1975Various Artists1
1996Dance Floor Divas: The '70sVarious Artists1
1996Disco QueensVarious Artists1
1996Ferry Maat's Soulshow - 25th Anniversary Collection - The Seventies Part 1Various Artists1
1996Los 100 mayores éxitos de la música discoVarious Artists1
1996Music Express: All Top 10 HitsVarious Artists1
1996Nur No.1 Hits (3 CD set)Various Artists1
1996Solid Gold Soul 1975Various Artists1
1996The 70’s Rock’n’Roll: 36 All-Time FavoritesVarious Artists1
1996The Fantastic Sound of PhiladelphiaVarious Artists1
1996The Ultimate Collection of Rock & Roll, Volume 8: 70's Dance All NightVarious Artists1
1997Club VerbotenVarious Artists1
1997Spice Girls Present… The Best Girl Power Album…Ever!Various Artists2
1997Funky DivasVarious Artists1
199740 Single Hits, Volume 2Various Artists1
1997Black Party Grooves, Volume 1Various Artists1
1997Disco FeverVarious Artists1
1997Disco FeverVarious Artists1
1997Disco InfernoVarious Artists1
1997The Best Disco Album in the World... Ever!Various Artists1
1997The Philly SoundVarious Artists1
1997We Got the FunkVarious Artists1
1997What a Feeling: Feel Good Flared HitsVarious Artists1
1997You Are My Friend: The BalladsPatti LaBelle1
1998Simply the Best DiscoVarious Artists1
1998Pure FunkVarious Artists2
1998Have a Nice Decade: The ’70s Pop Culture BoxVarious Artists1
1998Soul Survivors, Volume 2: 25 Years of Wigan CasinoVarious Artists1
1998Starsky & Hutch Presents: 70's FunksouljazzdiscoVarious Artists1
1998The Rolling Stone Women in Rock CollectionVarious Artists1
1998Avro's Top Pop YeahVarious Artists1
1998Best Of Black VoicesVarious Artists1
1998Best of the 70’sVarious Artists1
1998Boogie Nights: Dance Hits of the 70's & 80'sVarious Artists1
1998Oh! What a NightVarious Artists1
1998Pure FunkVarious Artists1
1998The Best Ever Disco AlbumVarious Artists1
1998The Best Funk Album in the WorldVarious Artists1
1998The Best Party Album in the World (Scandinavia)Various Artists1
1999Girls Night OutVarious Artists1
1999Disco Mania, Volume 3Various Artists1

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