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Patti LaBelle is 80s this week.

She was born Patricia Holt in Philadelphia and in the early 60s launched her career as lead singer of Patti Labelle & the Bluebelles and best-known for their version of A Groovy Kind of Love. In the 70s, they shortened their name to Labelle and hit the top 10 with Lady Marmalade which had previously been recorded by the Eleventh Hour.

In the 80s, she released numerous singles including Love, Need and Want You which was sampled by Nelly on his hit Dilemma. Her biggest hit was On My Own which made number two in 1986 in duet with Michael McDonald.

In 1984, she contributed two songs to the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack, Stir It Up and New Attitude.

In 2010, she returned to Broadway to star in the show Fela! which told the story of he Afrobeat singer Fela Anikulapo-Kuti and in 2019, she was awarded her own street in her home town and it was named Patti LaBelle Way.

Let’s remember, my favourite song by her, the follow up to On My Own which was called Oh People.