Today in Music: 03/29/19

TODAY IN MUSIC: On March 29, 1975, “Lady Marmalade” by Labelle topped the Billboard Hot 100 chart. Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, the song is from Labelle’s 1974 album, Nightbirds, their first album after signing with Epic Records. The song was inspired by New Orleans prostitutes and features the famous chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” which tranlates to “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?”. Patti LaBelle has said she had no idea what the song was about when they recorded it. An early version of the song was recorded by The Eleventh Hour, a disco group consisting of studio musicians and featuring Kenny Nolan on vocals. Labelle recorded the song at the suggesiton of their producer, Allen Toussaint. “Lady Marmalade” has been covered numerous times. The girl group All Saints did a version in 1998 that received little attention in the United States, but went to #1 in the UK. In 2001, Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink and Lil’ Kim recorded a version for the soundtrack to the Baz Luhrmann film, Moulin Rouge. Produced by Missy Elliott, it spent five weeks at #1 in the summer of 2001 and won the Grammy for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals. “Lady Marmalade” is the only song to top both the UK and US charts twice, by two different acts: in the UK (1998 – All Saints and 2001 – Moulin Rouge version), in the US (1975 – Labelle and 2001 – Moulin Rouge version). With the song reaching #1 in the US, Lil’ Kim became the first female rap artist to appear on a Hot 100 number one single. #ladymarmalade #labelle #pattilabelle #nonahendryx #sarahdash #allentoussaint #billboardmag #bobcrewe #kennynolan #nightbirds #epicrecords #hookers #prostitutes #neworleans #theeleventhhour #allsaints #christinaguilera #mya #pink #lilkim #missyelliott #grammy #moulinrouge #bazluhrmann #tonyatlarge #eclectimaniacradioshow #todayinmusic #musichistory

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