Patti LaBelle’s track “Woman Marmalade,” recorded with Nona Hendryx and the late Sarah Sprint, grew to become a world smash hit following its launch in 1974, even topping the Billboard Sizzling 100 in 1975.
Nevertheless, LaBelle, 78, admits she had no concept what the track’s sexually charged French lyrics meant when she first recorded it.
“I had no clue. I didn’t know no French. I knew it was successful … Yeah, that’s what that track was all about. It was successful,” LaBelle informed host Sherri Shepherd throughout an look on the latter’s discuss present Sherri April 24.
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The racy French lyrics — “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi, ce soir? / Voulez-vous coucher avec moi?” — translate to “Do you wish to sleep with me tonight?”
Although she did not know what the lyrics meant on the time of recording, LaBelle was sure the track can be a smash hit.
“For as soon as, I can say sure, and actually imply sure. I stated, ‘We now have to document this as a result of it is a hit,’ and it was,” the Godmother of Soul defined.
In 2001, the attractive single was reworked by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Lil’ Kim and Pink for the Moulin Rouge movie soundtrack.
The re-imagined single sat atop the Billboard Sizzling 100 for 5 consecutive weeks following its launch.
Watch Xtina, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink’s “Woman Marmalade” Music Video:
LaBelle will embark on a tour within the U.S. starting in Might.
The music legend’s forthcoming album options collaborations with Mariah Carey, Jazmine Sullivan and extra. The document will mark LaBelle’s first new album in 15 years.
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