Between 1973 and 1975, White released his first four albums and saw every one top the R&B chart. Six of the 10 albums he released in the 70s did so, and nine of the 10 went Gold or Platinum.
Five months ago, while writing about the latest additions to the Library of Congress’ National Recording Registry, I confessed that I didn’t know ‘Lady Marmalade’ was a cover (I know the song through its inclusion in the 2001 film Moulin Rouge).
In fact, it was a hit R&B song by Labelle, a band fronted by Patti LaBelle.
Well, this week Labelle makes another appearance thanks to their 1974 album Nightbirds, on which ‘Lady Marmalade’ is the opening track.
Nelson has released a whopping 95 studio albums, including 75 solo records and 20 in collaboration with others. That’s an average of one and a half albums per year for nearly 60 years! And I’m not including live albums or soundtracks.
Hell is a wild Frankenstein creation, a double album that features remakes of previous hits, some smooth R&B, a Spanish-language detour, and unlikely covers of ‘Stormy Monday’ and ‘When the Saints Go Marching In.’ Plus a number of songs, such as today’s SOTD, that embrace Brown’s signature sound.
Today’s song, by contrast, comes from a band I’d never heard of before now.
The Meters are a New Orleans funk band that recorded from the late 60s through the late 70s. They weren’t as popular as contemporaries like James Brown but were quite influential in their own right.