‘Lady Marmalade‘ and more R&B live onstage
“Lady Marmalade,” “On My Own,” “If Only You Knew,” “New Attitude,” “Somebody Loves You Baby,” “Love Has Finally Come at Last.”
Pop and R&B superstar Patti LaBelle brings her catalog of hits to Proctors, 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29. Tickets, $25-$85, are available at the Box Office at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady; by phone at 518.346.6204; and online at proctors.org.
LaBelle, these days as popular for her pies and desserts as for her singing, is a living legend, with the Billboard chart positions to prove it. 1962’s bracing Bluebelles’ hit, “I Sold My Heart to the Junkman,” established her style—brooding, funky R&B with plenty of sass. In 1974, leading the group that bore her name, LaBelle birthed mainstream disco with the eternal “Lady Marmalade.” And, in 1986, standing alongside Doobie Brothers’ heartthrob Michael McDonald, the mega hit “On My Own” displayed LaBelle’s beautiful way with a ballad.
In 2011, Rolling Stone cited LaBelle as one of the 100 Greatest Singers, noting her influence on fellow hit-makers like Luther Vandross, Mary J. Blige, Alicia Keys and Christina Aguilera. In 2016, LaBelle served as advisor for Aguilera’s team on NBC’s singing competition, The Voice.
Long noted as The Godmother of Soul, LaBelle, a two-time Grammy Award-winner, has been delivering incendiary concerts of late, leaving no doubt that she can still rock at age 72.
Earlier this year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel noted that LaBelle’s “vocal fireworks were so huge, her stage presence such a force, she threatened to peak at the very start of the show. That didn’t happen. Her voice was just as dynamic throughout the one-hour, 45-minute greatest-hits set, from “Love, Need and Want You” to “I Keep Forgettin’ (Every Time You’re Near)” to “On My Own.”
Get a taste of the real thing, with Patti LaBelle at Proctors, Oct. 29.
Patti LaBelle at Proctors is presented by B95.5 FM.