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October 8, 1991 | By Sam Wood, Special to The Inquirer
If there's a more exuberant performer than Patti LaBelle, I'd like to know that person's name. Sunday night at Valley Forge Music Fair, LaBelle, 47, put on a show with more energy, verve and endearing grace than other superstars half her age. She's earned her title as America's Soul Sweetheart. From the funky stomp "Be Yourself," which opened the second of her two sold-out shows, to the show-closing gospel showcase "When You've Been Blessed (Feels Like Heaven)," LaBelle's voice was the aural equivalent of sheer joy - sometimes swooping and wailing like a fire siren, other times sultry and caressing with a pillow-talk purr.
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February 28, 1991 | By William B. Collins, Inquirer Theater Critic
In the concluding minutes of The House of Flowers, Patti LaBelle sashays around the Valley Forge Music Fair's circus-ring stage in an outfit that makes her look like the ultimate black-and-white ice-cream soda. Almost under her breath, she confides, "Personally, I think my pollen is all used up. " She thereupon launches into a rendition of "A Sleepin' Bee" that fairly blows the roof off the place. Used up, indeed. The woman has plenty of everything she needs. The production of the musical about rival brothels on a West Indian island is a gorgeous swatch of fantasy composed of equal parts riotously fanciful costumes, hot dancing and hotter singing, with a little voodoo tossed into the pot for seasoning.
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October 1, 1987 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
As teenagers, Patricia Holt and her friend Cindy Birdsong used to listen to records of girl groups and think, "Hey we could do that," Holt recalls. "So we got together with this high school group called the Ordettes. We'd sing at parties, things like that - around '59 or so. The other girls in the Ordettes weren't serious about music. Anyway, in about '60 a promoter named Bernard Montague took two girls from the Del Capris, another local group - that was Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx - and we formed a new group.
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June 10, 1994 | by Chuck Arnold, Daily News Staff Writer
GEMS Patti LaBelle / MCA The basic problem with any Patti LaBelle album is that it's never as good as a Patti LaBelle show. Miss Patti just does not feel it from studio engineers and computer programming the way she does from concert fans and a live band. On her new album, "Gems," Patti sounds downright bored, as if she's just going through the motions of recording so she can get back on the road and perform. Blame it mostly on material that doesn't measure up to her big voice and image - it's all way too blah for even Patti to get fired up. That's a shame because, at 50, our homegirl is far from played out and deserves much better than this mellowed-out elevator music.
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March 10, 1991 | By Jonathan Storm, Inquirer Television Critic
If you've got a few hundred extra bucks, go out and buy one of those stereo TVs with the big speakers and get it hooked up by 7 tonight. All the song and spirit in Going Home to Gospel, which starts then on Channel 12, just can't squeeze through the little 3-inch tweeter that's built into most televisions. But what does come through is inspirational. Even the Masterpiece Theater crowd will get the feeling from this hour, starring Patti LaBelle, one of Philadelphia's treasures, and featuring a host of gospel lights.
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August 7, 1989 | By Jack Lloyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
One of these days Patti LaBelle is going to slow down. It has to happen, but don't bet on it happening soon. LaBelle, who completed a three-day engagement at the TropWorld Casino & Entertainment Resort last night, has been punching out her songs with jackhammer force and boundless energy since 1961, when she surfaced fronting a group named the Bluebells. And those who recall the early days of her career maintain that the LaBelle dynamics are more potent now than then. For LaBelle, there is no such thing as an "easy-listening" song.
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February 10, 1987 | By JONATHAN TAKIFF, Daily News Staff Writer
"It's crazy up there. There must be 50 people packed into a couple of small rooms," warned the Palace Hotel bellhop ushering yet another press contingent up to the Princess Grace suite. That's where Philly's sweetest songbird, Patti LaBelle, would be found sweating over a hot stove - preparing a gourmet lunch of fried shrimp, pasta, and Stringbeans LaBelle for the press and television news corps. On the surface, the event seemed just a public relations stunt - a photo opportunity drawing attention to Patti's three-week Forrest Theater engagement dubbed "There's No Place Like Home," which opens tonight.
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November 21, 2010 | By Elizabeth Wellington, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - It's not until halfway through the first act of the musical Fela! that we get a peek at its newest addition, Philadelphia singer Patti LaBelle. And then we're not even really sure it's her. But there's something familiar about the flickering image projected on a screen of a woman with her hair wrapped in a gele . Then we hear the soul-stirring signature moan. And it becomes clear. Mmm-hmm, that's Patti. In September, LaBelle, 66, joined the cast of Fela!
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July 12, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
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.
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June 19, 2015 | By Bill Chenevert, For The Inquirer
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.
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May 20, 2015 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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!
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March 26, 2015 | Inquirer Staff
                        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.
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March 16, 2015 | By Mister Mann Frisby, For The Inquirer
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.
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September 8, 2014 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
That voice, that seemingly sweet, innocent voice, can growl sensually, arch dramatically, and reach towering angelic highs in a heartbeat. When Patti LaBelle begins to speak, there is rich vocalism in every breath, whether she's calling you "honey," or talking about her gospel past with Southwest Philadelphia's Beulah Baptist Church Choir, her soon-to-debut-at-Walmart frozen shrimp-n-lobster macaroni and cheese, her latest tour stop at the Mann Center...
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August 13, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
FORMER Philadelphian Collette McLafferty has been forced to turn to the crowdsourcing website Indiegogo to finance her legal fees after she was sued for $10 million. Her alleged offense: Earning $75 to sing in a tribute band to Doylestown's homegrown pop star, Pink . "I've been a professional singer for 20 years. It's not my first time at the rodeo," said McLafferty, who started her professional career here and was a regular at Old City's Khyber and Manayunk's Grape Street Pub with her band edibleRed in the '90s.
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July 30, 2014 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, Daily News Staff Writer morrisj@phillynews.com, 215-854-5573
ETTA ARDELLA Green Bell had a listening ear. Family, friends and neighbors knew they could go to her with any concern, or just to be in the presence of someone they could talk to, someone who cared and heard them without judgment. And you knew that Etta Bell was hearing you and that she felt your pain - or your joy. In fact, it was hard to be despondent or in a bad mood in her presence, because Etta Bell was just naturally a happy person. Her smile could light up a room. What's more, Etta had a wisdom born of life's lessons and her religious faith to offer help to those who needed her guidance, or just to receive a word of encouragement to press on. Etta Bell, a devoted family matron and active churchwoman, died July 17 of natural causes.
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June 6, 2014
BBQ TURKEY BURGERS 4 teaspoons canola oil 1/8 cup minced onions 1 tablespoon minced parsley 2 teaspoons poultry seasoning 2 pounds lean ground turkey 1 large egg white 1/2 cup dried cranberries 1/2 cup crushed stuffing mix Salt and pepper to taste 1 bottle Miss Patti's Good Life Sweet Agave Bourbon BBQ Sauce 6 toasted hamburger buns Lettuce and tomato, optional Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in...
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June 6, 2014 | BY MISTER MANN FRISBY, For the Philadelphia Daily News
IN THE shadows of a Southwest Philadelphia shed, 6-year-old Patricia Holte laid the foundation for a deliciously successful enterprise. Much too shy to interact with the other neighborhood children on 84th Street, the quiet first-grader sought refuge behind her family home with just cats, dogs and butterflies for company. Armed only with ketchup, salt, and a handful of jalapeno peppers, little Patsy would lose herself in those moments, fantasizing that she was cooking for her adoring fans.
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