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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: *****


Vicki Wickham: The Secretary That Roared

Interview by Toby Mamis, Phonograph Record, December 1971

I'D CONSIDERED doing this piece since mid-June. So, frankly, when the time came, I was thoroughly prepared. Prior to my interview with Vicki Wickham, I'd ...

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: Nightbirds (Epic EPC 80566)

Review by Idris Walters, Let It Rock, April 1975

PATTI LABELLE, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. The Ordettes and Del Capris came together in the early sixties to form Patti LaBelle and the Bluebells ...

Disco: "Kids Want Something Different — This Is It!"

Report and Interview by Chris Charlesworth, Melody Maker, April 1975 says Billy Smith, an expert on New York's booming discos. In a country where radio rules, it's an amazing phenomenon. CHRIS CHARLESWORTH reports... ...

Marshall Sehorn: The Night They Drove Lee Dorsey Down...

Interview by Roger St. Pierre, New Musical Express, April 1975

MARSHALL SEHORN had to get him out of jail. ROGER ST. PIERRE raps to one of the mainmen of New Orleans soul. ...

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 ...


Report and Interview by Robin Katz, Let It Rock, July 1975

1. 'What Can I Do For You?' PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania. November 1974. Breakfast time (10:30). Patti LaBelle, Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx are sitting in one corner of ...

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 ...

Toussaint's New Orleans: a New Home for R&B?

Profile and Interview by Vernon Gibbs, Penthouse, February 1976

HAVING EXHAUSTED the "Motown Sound" in the sixties, soul music is now dominated by the "Philly Sound" — a triumph of polish and strings. True ...

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, ...

Patti Labelle and the Blue Belles

Book Excerpt by Phil Hardy, Dave Laing, Faber Companion to 20th Century Popular Music, 2001

Cindy Birdsong, b. 15 December 1939, Camden, New Jersey, USA; Sarah Dash, b. 24 May 1942, Trenton, New Jersey; Nona Hendryx, b. 18 August 1945, ...

see also Sarah Dash

see also Nona Hendryx

see also Patti LaBelle

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