January 22, 2016
Patti cakes Patti LaBelle's latest hit? Her sweet potato pie, which became a viral sensation after a fan uploaded a video of himself enjoying the dessert and singing his satisfaction. Now, the local superstar is back with a second, and third, helping: vanilla Bundt cake with vanilla icing, and a three-layer caramel cake with buttercream filling and caramel glaze. Both are manufactured for mass appeal but manage to hit the high notes. - Samantha Melamed Patti LaBelle Premium Caramel Cake, $13.94 at Walmart.
November 25, 2015 |
Thanksgiving this year with Patti LaBelle promises to be quite the party. Sharing the table at Patti's Wynnewood home will be none other than the Los Angeles YouTube blogger known as James Wright Chanel , whose ode to Patti's Pies, the sweet-potato pie she's selling exclusively at Walmart, have had the desserts flying off store shelves. The video had more than 3.2 million views as of yesterday. "My new friend James Wright took this fierce video and it took my pie over the top, and people are losing their minds over this pie," the famed local songstress told Fox 29. Also at Patti's table will be Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson , of the Roots , who she said has been ribbing her for years about not inviting him over to sample her cooking.
November 24, 2015 |
Walmart is doing the math and by all indications the square root of pie is the correct answer. Sweet potato pie , that is. Thanks to Philly's own songbird Patti LaBelle and one of her biggest fans, the retail giant is nearly sold out of the popular holiday dessert, which bears her name. The Walmart in Cheltenham even posted multiple signs at its entrance telling shoppers the pies were sold out. A sinfully delicious frenzy has been created by way of nutmeg, butter, sugar and a hilarious viral Internet video.
November 18, 2015 |
JENNIFER Braxton was on the hunt for one of those Patti LaBelle's sweet-potato pies. So, on Saturday, after getting off work at 10 p.m., she drove to the Walmart Supercenter on Byberry Road. She walked all around the store but couldn't find one. The next day, she called and an employee answered, "Thank you for calling Walmart. We're out of pies. How may I help you?" "I have a company potluck coming on Friday and I said I would bring Patti pies," she explained to me later via Facebook.
August 23, 2015 |
Daniel G. Sembello, who won a Grammy Award for his contribution to the soundtrack of Beverly Hills Cop , drowned in the Schuylkill last weekend, authorities said Friday. Mr. Sembello, 52, of Ardmore, disappeared while swimming late Saturday afternoon near the Venice Island Performing Arts and Recreation Center, police said. His body was recovered that evening. Stevie Wonder paid tribute to Sembello during his Monday concert at Dilworth Park, calling him "a great songwriter and a great human being.
July 12, 2015 |
If it were anyone else taking on the winds, rain, and lightning of Thursday night for an outdoors show, the first of the summer season at Dell Music Center, it would have been a washout. This, however, was Patti LaBelle, Philadelphia's first lady of R&B, who is still going strong at 71, 52 years into her career. The opening act was supposed to be local trombonist Jeff Bradshaw's large band, featuring Najee and Kenny Lattimore, but they did not play. LaBelle came on early at 9:45 p.m. and proceeded to warm the chilly audience with a piercing, nuanced voice that raged and seduced.
June 19, 2015 |
Bette Midler reminded nearly 10,000 fans of her enduring power and charisma on Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center, putting ona muscular show filled with palpable emotion, wise-cracking jokes, and charming nods to Philadelphia. Midler opened with her tour's namesake "Divine Intervention," before jumping into "I Look Good," a classic full of characteristic sass.Midler quipped that she's like vodka: ageless, odorless, and tasteless. Her famed dancers, the Harlettes, were fabulous and essential to the performance, not just as backup, but as gossip girls and playmates.
May 20, 2015 |
B.B. King going back home Riley B. "B.B. " King , who died Thursday at 89, will be laid to rest in his hometown of Indianola, Tenn. He will be buried on the grounds of the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center, officials announced Monday. The famed bluesman will be honored at a public memorial Friday in Las Vegas, followed by a private memorial service on Saturday. Info: www.bbkingmuseum.org . POTUS' very first tweet "Hello, Twitter! It's Barack ," read a mysterious tweet sent Monday from the handle @POTUS . "Really!
March 26, 2015 |
Philly's Riley bails from 'The Voice' Philly's reality-TV light was snuffed a bit on Monday night. Famed street singer Anthony Riley , who could be heard belting old soul tunes in Rittenhouse Square, among other environs, has left NBC's The Voice , according to team captain Pharrell . The be-hatted one announced that Riley was leaving the show for personal reasons? During auditions, Riley's golden pipes made all four judges - Christina Aguilera , Blake Shelton and Adam Levine , in addition to the aforementioned "Happy" man - turn their chairs in record time.
March 16, 2015 |
For more than 50 years, Patti LaBelle, the pride of Southwest Philadelphia, has owned center stage, effortlessly blowing her audiences away with vocal highs in "New Attitude" and "Over the Rainbow" and sultry, soul-stirring lows in "Little Girls" and "You Are My Friend. " But starting Monday at 8 p.m., the soul-music icon will embark on a new endeavor that, she admits, has her shaking in her stilettos. LaBelle will compete in the 20th season of ABC's hit show Dancing With the Stars . Her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, might have a hard time keeping up with LaBelle.