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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 ...

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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: *****

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And Laura Nyro Captivates, Too!

Report by Nancy Lewis, New Musical Express, 19 June 1971

says Nancy Lewis from New York ...

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 ...

Laura Nyro and Labelle: Gonna Take a Miracle (Columbia)

Review by Lenny Kaye, Rolling Stone, 20 January 1972

THIS ALBUM comes at the nicest time within Laura Nyro's career, for like most of the other performers that have cut a swath through pop ...

Labelle: Whisky a Go Go, Los Angeles CA

Live Review by John Mendelssohn, Los Angeles Times, 21 January 1972

THE IDEA of wedding an English or other foreign fan's perspective on the idiom with a fading American rhythm-and-blues group looks fine on paper, and ...

Laura Nyro, Labelle: Community Theatre, Berkeley CA

Live Review by Philip Elwood, The San Francisco Examiner, 28 February 1972

Laura Nyro's Murky Depths ...

Nona Hendryx of Liberated Labelle

Profile and Interview by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 2 July 1972

SOUL! NONA Hendryx of Labelle, a group of three young black women that has been together more than 10 years, gets this sweet look on ...

Birtha and Mama Cass: The Right On Sound Called Liberated Rock

Report by Lillian Roxon, New York Sunday News, 17 September 1972

I WAS interested to read in one of those glossy magazines that the coming trend in music for the fall is "rock 'n' rouge," because ...

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, 19 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: Dinner and cards with Reggie

Profile and Interview by Michael Watts, Melody Maker, 9 November 1974

"I REMEMBER the time," says Sarah, "when we toured in England and Bluesology backed us. And Patti used to play cards with Reggie — Elton ...

LaBelle: It Happened In Hollywood

Report by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 4 January 1975

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

Labelle: Nightbirds (Epic 80566)

Review by Giovanni Dadomo, Record Mirror, 8 March 1975

RELEASED TO coincide with their English tour, this is the album that should establish Labelle as the world's leading female vocal group. ...

LaBelle: Voulez-Vous Coucher Avec Moi Ce Soir?

Report and Interview by Charles Shaar Murray, New Musical Express, 8 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. ...

Suzi Quatro: Rainbow Theatre, London; Labelle: Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, London

Live Review by Philip Norman, The Times, 10 March 1975

LIFE HAS changed for Mickie Most since he appeared as one half of The Most Brothers, "England's answer to the Everly Brothers". Forsaking the duet ...

LaBelle: La Belle Revolution

Interview by David Hancock, Record Mirror, 15 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, 15 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, 5 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, 12 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, 26 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: Harkness Theatre, New York NY

Live Review by Dave Marsh, Newsday, 7 May 1975

Silver birds ...


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, 20 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: Paramount Theater, Oakland, CA

Live Review by Tom Vickers, Rolling Stone, 6 November 1975

Climax Lacks at Glittering Labelle Premiere ...

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: Lady Songwriter Thinks She's God

Interview by David Hancock, National RockStar, 6 November 1976

MORE THAN any other vocal group, CBS's Labelle have thrived on that old cosmic image. They deal with grand themes as deftly as if they ...

LaBelle: Chameleon (Epic) ****

Review by Vivien Goldman, Sounds, 20 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, 19 November 1977

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

LaBelle's Nona Hendryx (1979) [transcript]

Audio transcript of interview by Ian Ravendale, Rock's Backpages transcripts, 1979

This is a transcript of Ian's audio interview with Nona. Listen to the audio of this interview. ...

The real, raw Patti LaBelle

Interview by John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 24 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, ...

Labelle: Girl Group to Gospel

Interview by Geoffrey Himes, Baltimore Sun, 8 May 1983

THE 18 CHORUS members of Your Arms Too Short to Box With God were assembled like a church choir in their red and white gowns ...

Vicki Wickham: Ready, Vicki, Go!

Retrospective and Interview by Caroline Sullivan, The Guardian, 30 November 1999

She's managed stars from Dusty Springfield to Marc Almond and has just won an award for her lifetime's work in the music industry. But outside ...

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, ...

Labelle: Back to Now (Verve)

Review by Kandia Crazy Horse, San Francisco Bay Guardian, 29 October 2008

A FEW weekends back, I rose at the crack of dawn to see Allen Toussaint perform at Joe's Pub in Manhattan for the venue's 10th ...

Rise of the Funky Divas

Overview by Michael A. Gonzales, Ebony, 12 August 2013

BEGINNING IN THE early 1970s, a small army of female funk-rock performers that included Chaka Khan, Betty Davis, Labelle, Mother's Finest, Brides of Funkenstein, Parlet, ...

see also Sarah Dash

see also Nona Hendryx

see also Patti LaBelle


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