Glamorous funk-rock icons of the mid-1970s, the R&B trio Labelle had its roots in the 1960s girl group Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles. After fourth member Cindy Birdsong left to join the Supremes in 1967, Patti Labelle, Nona Hendryx, and Sarah Dash shortened their name and began to incorporate heavier and more experimental rock and singer-songwriter influences into their sound. A series of critically acclaimed albums (largely written by Hendryx) led to the 1975 smash single "Lady Marmalade," known for its suggestive Francophone chorus. After the trio split in 1977, all three members began successful solo careers.
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