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Lady Marmalade – Labelle

Lady Marmalade – Labelle

“Lady Marmalade” is a song written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan. The song is famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”. Which in English, translates into”Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?” The song first becomes a popular hit with the American group Labelle in 1974. 

Labelle – Disco Funk

This female group is a force to reckon with! Dressed to the nines in outlandish space like costumes, in 1971, these ladies made Lady Marmalade not only a dance hit but also a world wide hit as well.  Furthermore, their version held the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week, as well as topping the Canadian RPM national singles chart. It reached #1 in the Dutch Top 40 on 8 February 1975 and stayed at the number one spot for 4 consecutive weeks. Becoming a true classic!

In 1967, after performing for different female groups, Patti LaBelle, Cindy Birdsong, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash came together to form The Bluebelles. While as this group they mostly did Doo Wop and covers. When in 1967, Cindy Birdsong left the group to join the Supremes, the group became Labelle in 1971.  After the advice from a friend/manager, they changed their look, musical direction, style and maybe attitude as well. Starting out with a funk rock style, they do eventually end up doing more glam rock as they go along. 

Even better is the fact that 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. Not too shabby!  After Labelle broke up, each of the ladies went on their own to have successful solo careers in the music industry.  And this song continues to play on still today.

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