About The Patti Labelle Show
The Godmother of Soul headlines her first solo primetime special, originally broadcast on NBC on Thanksgiving Day, 1985.
Patti LaBelle was enjoying a major career renaissance in the mid-1980s nearly 25 years after forming her first group, the Blue Belles (later known as LaBelle). With two tracks on the Beverly Hills Copsoundtrack in 1984, LaBelle had returned to the Billboard charts with a vengeance. She performs one of those hits, “New Attitude,” to open The Patti LaBelle Show.
“You’re making me feel really good tonight,” LaBelle tells the enthusiastic live audience following a soulful rendition of “Somewhere Over The Rainbow.” Next, Cyndi Lauper duets with Patti on her number one hit “Lady Marmalade” and Cyndi’s chart-topper “Time After Time.” Amy Grant joins Patti for duets of “Everywhere I Go” and Patti’s anthem “You Are My Friend.” LaBelle delivers solo versions of “Born In The USA” and “Imagine” with sax by Samuel Peake. And soul superstar Luther Vandross joins Patti for “If Only For One Night” (both in matching red sequins).
“You have not seen the last of me yet,” LaBelle promises following an autobiographical medley that concludes the show. And she was right. Just months later her eighth studio album Winner In You would produce the biggest hit of her career.
Produced by Marty Krofft, Sid Krofft, Sandy Gallin, Armstead Edwards