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Patti LaBelle


Miami Vice Performer
May 24, 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Armstead Edwards (1969-2001, divorced), three children

Patricia Louise Holt (born May 24, 1944, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American singer known as Patti LaBelle, whose song "The Last Unbroken Heart" (with Bill Champlin) was featured in the episode "When Irish Eyes Are Crying" of the series Miami Vice. Her song "One of These Mornings" (with Moby) also appeared in the Miami Vice film.


Holt began her career as part of a girl group called the Ordettes in 1959, the next year, Holt and fellow member Sandra Tucker brought in singers Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, later Cindy Birdsong replaced Tucker. The group was renamed the BlueBelles, and Holt changed her surname to LaBelle. The group had minor hits from 1963-67 when Birdsong shocked the band and left for The Supremes in 1967. In the early 1970s the Bluebelles toured in England with The Who and released two albums, but the group's success came in 1974 with the album Nightbirds, after the group changed their name to LaBelle. The group hit #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Lady Marmalade", but after that album and succeeding tour the group broke up in 1977 to pursue solo careers.

LaBelle released four solo albums between 1977-1984, but received a Grammy nomination for her song "The Best Is Yet To Come" (with Grover Washington, Jr.). Then she had two songs for the movie Beverly Hills Cop, "New Attitude" (#17) and "Stir It Up" (#41) and her appearance at Live Aid introduced her to a new audience. In 1986 she reached #1 with a duet with Michael MacDonald, "On My Own", and the Top 10 with "If You Asked Me To" (Celine Dion's version three years after LaBelle's reached #1). Her 1991 album Burnin'</nowiki> earned LaBelle her first of two Grammy Awards (her second was in 1998). Two more albums, including one gospel album, were released in the 2000's, in 2008 LaBelle, Dash, and Hendryx reunited for the album Back To Now, performed on Broadway from 2010-2011 and in 2014, appeared at the White House with Aretha Franklin and other women of soul. In 2015 LaBelle placed 8th on Dancing With The Stars, appeared in American Horror Story and Empire.

Personal life

LaBelle was engaged to Temptations singer Otis Williams in the 1960s, but broke it off due to their conflicting schedules. LaBelle later married Armstead Edwards in 1969; they had one biological child, Zuri Kye (born 1973), then they adopted two teenage boys, Stanley and Todd, after the death of their mother (and next-door neighbor) from cancer in the late 1970s. Edwards became LaBelle's manager in 1976, but left the role of both manager and husband when LaBelle and Edwards divorced in 2001. LaBelle was diagnosed with diabetes in 1992, she has appeared in commercials for the One Touch meters used in monitoring glucose levels.


  • LaBelle is the only musical artist to feature in both the original television series and its movie adaptation.

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