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This is an ORIGINAL Poster measuring 18" x 24" from MCA Music, of soul singer

PATTI LA BELLE

This Poster features a great image of the super singer. It has NEVER been hung, slight edge wear. Still a nice poster to frame and hang for fans of this classic songbird!

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MORE INFO ON PATTI LABELLE: Patricia Louise Holte (born May 24, 1944), best known by her stage name of Patti LaBelle, is an American R&B and soul singer-songwriter and actress.

She fronted two groups, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, which received minor success on the pop charts in the 1960s, and Labelle, which received acclaim and a mainstream breakthrough in 1974 with their song "Lady Marmalade". She went on to have a solo recording career well into the 1990s, earning another U.S. #1 single in 1986 with "On My Own," a duet with Michael McDonald.

She is renowned for her passionate stage performances, wide vocal range and distinctive high-octave belting. Her biography, Don't Block the Blessings, remained at the top of the The New York Times best-seller list for several weeks

LaBelle was born Patricia Louise Holte in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of Henry Holte, a railroad worker. The fourth of five children, including three sisters and a brother, LaBelle began singing at the age of 14 in church. A shy girl, LaBelle had a voice of a torch diva. A school teacher advised her to start a singing group.

As Patsy Holte, she formed a four-member girl group called the Ordettes in 1958. In 1959, when two of the original Ordettes left, Holt and fellow Ordette Sandra Tucker brought in singers Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. When Tucker's family made Sandra leave the group, she was replaced by Cindy Birdsong. With her mother's blessings, Patti left high school to tour with the Ordettes. The group was managed by Bernard Montague and toured from local nightclubs to honky tonks and truck stops.

Two years passed until the girls auditioned for Blue Note Records. The president at the time nearly passed on the group upon seeing the lead singer was Patti, or "Patsy" as friends and family called her, whom he had said didn't fit the traits of a traditionally beautiful lead singer. This all changed as soon as Patti started singing. The president signed them to the label under two conditions: The Ordettes were now the Bluebelles and Patricia "Patsy" Holte would be given a new name: Patti LaBelle. The name was changed again to Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles after the manager of the group who had the same name threatened a lawsuit.

In 1962, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles scored their first Top 40 pop hit with the release of the doo-wop single, "I Sold My Heart to the Junkman." That same year, they began wowing audiences at New York's Apollo theater, later giving them the name "The Apollo Sweethearts." Throughout the '60s, Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles were one of the hottest touring acts on the chitlin' circuit while the hits continued: in 1964, they scored again with songs like "Danny Boy" and "Down the Aisle."

In 1965, the group signed to Atlantic Records and scored what later became Patti's signature song with their version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow." Her gospel-inspired, sometimes overly dramatic rendition ends each of her shows and climaxes with her throwing a microphone stand into the wings of the stage as she belts the final note. Around this time, LaBelle was engaged to be married to Temptations member Otis Williams, but the couple called off the engagement because of their conflicting touring schedules. The next year, LaBelle, Dash & Hendryx received a shock when Cindy Birdsong left to join The Supremes, replacing Florence Ballard. It would be years before Birdsong and the group began to speak again. After Cindy Birdsong left the group, Patti, Nona, Sarah found themselves in a rut, but the group continued to tour around the country.

In 1970, Patti and the Bluebelles moved to England where they met Janis Joplin's former promoter, Vicki Wickham. When they returned to America the following year, they had shortened their name to Labelle, and with this new name came a new attitude, vocal style, and wardrobe. Wearing casual clothing and African accessories, the repackaged Labelle sang about racism, sexism and politics. Consumers were not excited about the groups new direction. In 1971, the group signed with Warner Bros Records and released a self titled album: "Labelle". Their new sound showed elements of gospel, funk, disco, soul, and glam rock. The album was a commercial failure but received critical raves for its positive image. In 1972 Labelle released their second Warner Bros. album, "Moon Shadow", which featured groundbreaking songs like "I Believe That I've Finally Made It Home" and "It Ain't Sad Until It's All Over". Like the first album, this album was a critical if not a commercial success. Subsequently the group was dropped by the Warner Bros. label. With the help of manager Vicki Wickham, Labelle signed with RCA Records and began work on their album "Pressure Cookin". Half of the songs on the album were written by group member Nona Hendryx. Labelle covered the political song, "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised", in her medley, "Something In The Air". Patti was quoted as stating that when the group was to appear on television, they were told not to perform this song. "Pressure Cookin'" was released in 1973 and continued the pattern of garnering positive reviews and low sales figures. Critics especially praised the material that Nona Hendryx wrote. Her tunes, "Let Me See You In The Light", "Can I Speak To You Before You Go To Hollywood", "Going On A Holiday", and "Last Dance" were groundbreaking positive songs that gained Labelle many cult fans, but nothing would prepare them for their smashing stardom in 1974.

In 1974, when they became aware that they had attracted a cult following, the group again revamped their image - now sporting space-like, "rockish" hair and uniforms. Their new songs were about sex, space, politics, and things that many other contemporary funk and rock bands were singing about, but with a difference - no female groups had dared to tackle this type of controversial material. In October of that year, they were the first African-American contemporary act to perform at the Metropolitan Opera. That December they released their most successful record, Nightbirds, featuring their breakout hit, "Lady Marmalade," which hit #1 on the Hot 100 in 1975, helping Nightbirds to go gold. None of their subsequent albums would have quite the same success, although Phoenix and Chameleon were hailed by music critics as experimental and groundbreaking. At a certain point Patti began having artistic differences with other members of the group; she was especially unhappy with the songs that Nona Hendryx was writing. While they continued to sell out concerts around the world, Labelle's record sales were decreasing. Nevertheless, the 1975 album, Phoenix, sold 1 million copies because of songs like "Black Holes In The Sky", "Messin' With My Mind", and "Action Time". They received critical acclaim for the lyrics that Nona Hendryx wrote.

In 1976, during a performance in Baltimore, Nona suffered a nervous breakdown, forcing the band to separate abruptly. LaBelle released her self-titled debut in 1977 on Epic Records, where she recorded 3 more albums in the years to come. The debut album became an important hit for Patti at least on the R&B charts and was notable for the stand-out ballad, "You Are My Friend" and for the funkier "Joy To Have Your Love," which demonstrates Patti's large range with a typical Philadelphia Soul orchestrated arrangement with heavy bass. In the next year she released one of her most acclaimed albums, Tasty, featuring the salsa hit "Teach Me Tonight (Me Gusta Tu Baile)." The next step was the album It's Alright With Me featuring the disco classic "Music Is My Way Of Life" and the last album she recorded for Epic was Released, which did better than the previous one chartwise but didn't generate any important hits nor received the same critical acclaim. On July 21, 1979, she appeared at the Amandla Festival along with Bob Marley, Dick Gregory and Eddie Palmieri, amongst others.

Success eluded LaBelle until late 1983 when she released her first charted hit album, I'm In Love Again. The album featured LaBelle's first #1 R&B hit with "If Only You Knew" and a radio hit with "Love, Need and Want You." In 1984, after an eighteen-year estrangement, she reconciled with Cindy Birdsong while she was on stage in Los Angeles. By 1985, LaBelle was on her way to pop stardom after her songs, "New Attitude" and "Stir It Up" (recently re-recorded by Patti and Joss Stone) from the soundtrack for Beverly Hills Cop (1984), which peaked at #17 and #41 on the pop charts respectively.

By the time of her rise to pop stardom in the mid-1980s, LaBelle was infamous for her wild hairdos, kicking off her shoes in a "Holy Ghost"-like rage, rolling over the floor while singing, putting the microphone stand down and then yielding it up in the air and choreographing the famous "spread my wings" move that she incorporated during her performances of "Over the Rainbow." Patti's appearance at the Motown Returns to the Apollo and Live Aid concert in 1985 introduced her to a whole new audience. During the finale of Live Aid, Patti took to the microphone for "We Are the World," during some points of which Patti's voice is the only one audible. She was also accused of taking the spot light from Diana Ross as revenge in a rumoured rivalry during a performance of "I Want To Know What Love Is" known as the infamous mic toss. As a result, Patti was often accused of grandstanding. Patti later defended herself saying that she has a big voice and people have to be aware that she is going to use it. In 1986, she released her best-selling album to date with Winner in You. The album yielded her first solo #1, "On My Own" with pop balladeer Michael McDonald, the Top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hit, "Oh, People," the moderate pop chart hit, "Kiss Away The Pain" and the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart hit, "Something Special Is Gonna Happen Tonight."

By the end of the 1980s, she scored a moderate R&B and pop chart hit with the Diane Warren ballad, "If You Asked Me To," in 1989. The song peaked at #10 on the Adult Contemporary and R&B charts. It was later covered by CÚline Dion in 1992 when it peaked at #1 on both the Pop & A/C charts. In an interview with the online magazine Monaco Revue. Patti said racism in the music industry was responsible for the difference in sales, and revealed that accepting this was the most difficult obstacle she had to face in her career.

Patti entered the 1990s on a high but not without tragedy. In July 1989, she lost her third sister Jackie to cancer. Patti's two elder sisters had similar fates, with her oldest sister Vivian dying in 1982 (at the height of LaBelle's success) and the second-eldest sister Barbara, dying in 1984 from colon cancer. Her brother, father and mother also died around the same time, making Patti the only living member of her extended family while being the mother of six kids - one of her own, three of one of her sisters' children and two adopted - and wife of Armstead Edwards (married since 1969), who had become her manager.

In January 1995, La Belle performed at the Super Bowl XXIX halftime show, with Tony Bennett, Arturo Sandoval and the Miami Sound Machine, in a program entitled "Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye", to promote the upcoming Disney theme park attraction.

LaBelle herself was diagnosed with diabetes in 1995. She is a spokeswoman for the American Diabetes Association, and has published two cookbooks targeted at people with diabetes, containing low-sugar and low-fat recipes. In 2005, LaBelle began appearing in advertisements for OneTouch Ultra and later for OneTouch Ultra2, a manufacturer of blood glucose monitoring systems for people with diabetes.

In 1991, Patti released the gold-selling Burnin' album, which helped her win her first Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Burnin' featured the hits "Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is)", "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)" and "Feels Like Another One." That album is also notable because it includes the first Labelle reunion recording with Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, on the track "Release Yourself". That success continued onto subsequent albums like 1994's Gems (featuring the hit "The Right Kinda Lover"), 1997's Flame (featuring the hit "When You Talk About Love"), and 1998's Live One Night Only (which won her a second Grammy).

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PATTI LA BELLE Original MCA Promo POSTER Labelle
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