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LaBelle: Phoenix

Review by Wayne Robins, Creem, December 1975

SOME KEY ITEMS – a barrier breaking (‘first blacks’) performance at the Metropolitan Opera; the anthemization of ‘Lady Marmalade’; Nona Hendryx's proud lesbianism – have ...


LaBelle's Nona Hendryx (1979)

Interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages Audio, 1979

Ms Hendryx looks back at the formation, encouraged by Vicki Wickham, of LaBelle from the ashes of the Bluebelles; their new image, stage show, and groove. She also talks about going solo and her first album.

File format: mp3; file size: 9mb, interview length: 19' 42" sound quality: *****


LaBelle: Tomorrow's Brightest Stars

Profile and Interview by David Nathan, Blues & Soul, October 1974

2008 introduction: In person interview conducted by David Nathan in the kitchen of Vicki Wickham's apartment in midtown Manhattan. Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah ...

LaBelle: Nightbirds (Epic, Import); The Pointer Sisters: Live At The Opera House (Blue Thumb)

Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, October 1974

AN IRRATIONAL prejudice: Given a choice between the sound of New York and the sound of New Orleans, I'd always go for the former. If ...

LaBelle: It Happened In Hollywood

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, January 1975

IT HAPPENED in Hollywood.To be precise it happened on The Cher Show. ...

LaBelle: Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, March 1975

"THE RE-VO-LU-SHUN...will not be televaaaaaazed," declaims Patti LaBelle, staring into the audience from the stage of the Congressgebouwe in the Hague. ...

LaBelle: La Belle Revolution

Interview by David Hancock, Record Mirror, March 1975

LABELLE ARE fashionable. They have a top ten single and album in the States, yet in Britain — nothing. As I said Labelle are fashionable. ...

LaBelle: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Ian MacDonald, New Musical Express, March 1975

THE PROVERBIAL BREATH of fresh air. ...

LaBelle: ...How The West Was Won — Nearly

Report by Penny Valentine, Sounds, April 1975

A few days in the life of LaBelle. Penny Valentine reports from America's West Coast where the critics are a harder nut to crack than ...

Labelle: Phoenix

Review by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, September 1975

FOR ALL PRACTICAL purposes, Phoenix is Labelle's third album. Forget anything prior to Pressure Cookin': those albums were by some other people and are of ...

LaBelle: Chameleon (Epic) ****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, November 1976

WE ALL know the story of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles metamorphosing under the direction of Vicki Wickham into the space-age erotic bundle of fun ...

Chameleons Rising

Interview by Cliff White, New Musical Express, November 1977

Nona Hendryx and Patti Labelle unveil their new aspirations ...

The Real Raw Patti LaBelle

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, April 1979

Patti is happier with her latest album than with anything she has ever done before, and feels that producer Skip Scarbrough has captured the real, ...

see also Sarah Dash

see also Nona Hendryx

see also Patti LaBelle

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