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Artist : Labelle
song : Lady Marmalade
Album : Single – 1974
Style – Tempo – Signature – Length : Funk – 116 – 4/4 – 3:58
Musician : Herman “Roscoe” Ernest III
pages : 3
Version : Single
Level : Beginner
“Lady Marmalade” is a classic funk and soul song originally recorded by the American girl group Labelle. The song was written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan and produced by Allen Toussaint. It was released as a single in 1974 and became a massive hit, reaching the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart.
The song is known for its infectious groove, sultry lyrics, and powerful vocal performances, particularly by Labelle’s lead singer, Patti LaBelle. “Lady Marmalade” is sung from the perspective of a woman who confidently expresses her sensuality and allure, with the chorus featuring the famous French phrase “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” which translates to “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?”
The song’s catchy melody and memorable hook have made it an enduring pop culture phenomenon, and it has been covered and sampled by various artists over the years. One of the most notable cover versions was recorded for the 2001 film “Moulin Rouge!” and featured an ensemble of contemporary pop stars, including Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mýa, and Pink. This updated version of “Lady Marmalade” was a massive success and won a Grammy Award for Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals.
“Lady Marmalade” by Labelle is celebrated not only for its musical excellence but also for its impact on popular culture and its lasting influence on the music industry.