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Patti Labelle’s Rollercoaster Ride To Become The Godmother of Soul

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Patti LaBellePatti LaBelle was born Patricia Louise Holte in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 23, 1944.  LaBelle began singing in her church chior at just 10 and sung her first solo at the Beulah Baptist Church at twelve.  LaBelle got her first break in the music industry as part ofThe Ordettes, which she had formed in 1958 with three of her friends.  The group members changed, but in 1961, they met Netown Records president Harold Robinson.  Robinson signed the group and renamed them The Bluebelles.

The groups first hit single was, “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman.”  After some controversy over the single and their name, the group was signed to Atlantic Records for a short time.  In 1970, the group changed their name to Labelle and signed with Track Records.  Although the group struggled to win mainstream success, they became the first pop group to perform at the Metropolitan Opera House and appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone magazine in 1975.  The group break up in 1976.

LaBelle released her first solo album in 1977 through Epic.

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