Some people think of The Supremes as the premier female trio of the 1960s. But the 1970’s belonged to LaBelle. And according to AOL Black Voices (formerly Africana.com and I’m not over it yet), Labelle is getting back together:
“An album is quietly being recorded in New York City bringing back together the talents of vocalists Patti LaBelle, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash, respectively.
A source close to the project has confirmed exclusively to us that Grammy Award rocker Lenny Kravitz has recorded three tracks, thus far, for the yet-to-be-titled opus, which will mark the trio’s first recording since 1976’s ‘Chameleon.'”
Labelle and Lenny? Does it get any better? Despite the fact that Lenny’s best album to date is his sophmore effort, 1991 Mama Said, and the last good one was 1993’s Are You Gonna Go My Way?, I think Lenny is a great producer. Madonna’s Justify My Love, Brandy’s Where Are You Now, and Cree Summer’s one and only album , Street Faerie. I would also love to hear Labelle be produced by other folks like Andre 3000, Angie Stone, Raphael Saadiq, Van Hunt, and Joi.
I am only gonna say this once, children. Labelle is more than “Git cha ya-ya here.” Lady Marmalade is hot, but you really need to get into You Turn Me On, Going On A Holiday, Nightbird, to name a few. These three women were pushing the boundaries of “acceptable” black womanhood in their song lyrics, their style (which the rock band KISS copied to create more of a buzz around their music), and the music arrangements itself–blending soul, funk, rock, r&b and gospel.
The band split in the late 70’s as each wanted to go in different musical directions, but I am glad to hear they’re back.