Patricia Louise Holt, 24 May 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. The lead singer of LaBelle began her solo career in 1976 when her former group, who had originally begun recording in the early 60s as the Blue Belles, disbanded. Although her first releases showed promise, she was unable to regain the profile enjoyed by LaBelle and at the beginning of the 80s, Patti agreed to tour with a revival of the stage play Your Arms Too Short To Box With God. The production reached Broadway in 1982 and, with Al Green as a co-star, became one of the years hits. The following years If Only You Knew rose to the top of the US R&B charts. Having made her film debut as a blues singer in A Soldiers Story (1984), Patti LaBelle teamed up with Bobby Womack on the magnificent duet, Love Has Finally Come At Last. Two tracks from 1984s box-office smash Beverly Hills Cop, New Attitude (US Top 20) and Stir It Up,...
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