Five Best Songs from Patti LaBelle’s ‘Patti’ Album
Patti LaBelle is truly one of a kind. One of the greatest entertainers of the past half century, the veteran singer has always been known for her piercing vocals and having the aura of a diva. Beginning her career as lead singer of Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelle's, she would go solo after the group disbanded, releasing her self-titled debut album in October of 1977.
The album was a hit among fans and laid the foundation for Labelle's solo career, but her subsequent releases failed to have the same impact as her debut effort, leading Labelle to make a switch to Philadelphia International Records in 1981 and returning to form with her fourth album, The Spirits In It.
While critically acclaimed as a performer prior to its release, LaBelle's sixth solo album, I'm In Love Again put her back on the map due to multiple hit records, including "If Only You Knew," which has gone on to become a signature in the singer's catalog. In 1984, she was tapped to record songs for Eddie Murphy's blockbuster movie Beverly Hills Cop, which further increased LaBelle's profile.
Deciding that MCA may be a better home for her as an artist, LaBelle would cut ties with Philadelphia International after the release of her seventh solo album, Patti. The collection, which was released on July 3, 1985, would fail to reach the success of its predecessor and is often overlooked in the R&B legend's catalog.
In honor of the album's 30th anniversary, we listened to Patti and picked the five best songs from the album that make the collection such a gem. Enjoy.