|Single by Labelle|
|from the album Nightbirds|
|B-side||"It Took a Long Time" (US)
"Space Children" (Europe)
|Released||August 3, 1974|
|Genre||Soul, disco, funk|
|Writer(s)||Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan|
|Producer||Allen Toussaint, Vicki Wickham|
|Labelle singles chronology|
"Lady Marmalade" is a song by the group Labelle. It was written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan, and produced by Allen Toussaint and Vicki Wickham. It was released on August 3, 1974 as the first single from the album Nightbirds. The song was inspired by Crewe's first-hand observations of New Orleans. After it was first recorded by Nolan's group Eleventh Hour in 1974, on Eleventh Hour's Greatest Hits LP, Labelle's producer Allen Toussaint decided to record it for Nightbirds. The song is famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?", which translates into English as "Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?"
The song held the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for one week, and topped the Canadian RPM national singles chart on the same date. Labelle's version of "Lady Marmalade" was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003. and was ranked number 479 on Rolling Stone's list of The 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
The song has had many cover versions over the years. In 1998, all female group All Saints released a cover of the song that peaked at number one on the UK Singles Chart. The 2001 version by singers Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink, produced by Missy Elliott with instrumental help from producer Rockwilder, was released for the Moulin Rouge! film's soundtrack. It was a number-one hit on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US for 5 weeks and won Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa and Pink a Grammy Award. In the United Kingdom, the song has been sung on several talent shows, including The X Factor by Leona Lewis, and on Eurovision: Your Country Needs You by Jade Ewen.
- 1 History
- 2 Track listing
- 3 Charts
- 4 Sabrina cover
- 5 All Saints cover
- 6 Moulin Rouge! cover
- 7 Other covers
- 8 References
- 9 External links
|This section does not cite any references or sources. (October 2011)|
Patti LaBelle sang lead vocals on "Lady Marmalade" with backing vocals being contributed by band mates Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. The song's chorus, "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?", appeared previously in the play A Streetcar Named Desire, uttered by the promiscuous Blanche DuBois.
"Lady Marmalade" was a number-one hit for one week on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States during the early spring of 1975, and charted at number one for one week on the Billboard Top Soul Singles chart. Along with the track, "What Can I Do for You?", "Lady Marmalade" peaked at number seven on the disco/dance charts. The single also charted at number seventeen in the United Kingdom. "Lady Marmalade" replaced another Crewe/Nolan composition, Frankie Valli's "My Eyes Adored You", as the Billboard Hot 100 number-one single. This made Crewe and Nolan the third songwriting team in Billboard history (after Lennon–McCartney and Holland-Dozier-Holland) to replace themselves at number-one. Also in 1975, Nanette Workman recorded a French version that became very popular in Canada (Quebec).
The song was first covered by Nanette Workman in the same year, and then later on by Sheila E. on her 1991 album Sex Cymbal in a jazz-oriented rendition, with horns as the centerpiece. In 1995, disco cover band Boogie Knights covered "Lady Marmalade", fronted by singer Jeff Scott Soto. In 1999, the song was covered by the techno act Lords of Acid as a bonus track on their remix album Expand Your Head. The song is not part of the official track listing on the CD itself, however. Luck Mervil made a second French version of the song. More recently, the track has featured in the TV series Angel, performed by actor Andy Hallett, and was released on the soundtrack in 2005. The Labelle version appears in several films, including The Long Kiss Goodnight, Dick, and Jacob's Ladder. Improbably, the lyrics of "Lady Marmalade" were sung to the tune of the "Toreador Song" from Carmen by Tim Brooke-Taylor on the radio comedy panel-game show I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue as part of a round called "One Song to the Tune of Another". It was featured on the video game Karaoke Revolution Volume 2 as a version performed with Patti LaBelle. The song remains Patti LaBelle's signature hit song.
- US 7" single
- "Lady Marmalade" – 3:14
- "It Took a Long Time" – 4:04
- Europe 7" single
- "Lady Marmalade" – 3:14
- "Space Children" – 3:04
|Austrian Singles Chart||17|
|Canadian RPM Top Singles Chart||1|
|Dutch Singles Chart||2|
|Italian Single Chart||5|
|New Zealand RIANZ Chart||21|
|UK Singles Chart||17|
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs||1|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play||7|
"My Eyes Adored You" by Frankie Valli
|US Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
March 29, 1975
"Lovin' You" by Minnie Riperton
"I Belong To You" by Love Unlimited
|US Billboard Hot Soul number-one single
February 22, 1975
"Shame Shame Shame" by Shirley & Company
"Have You Never Been Mellow" by Olivia Newton-John
|Canadian RPM number-one single
March 29, 1975
"No No Song" by Ringo Starr
|"Voulez-Vous Coucher avec Moi? (Lady Marmalade)"|
|Single by Sabrina|
|from the album Sabrina|
|Format||CD maxi, 7" single, 12" single|
|Genre||Soul, Italo disco, funk|
|Writer(s)||Bob Crewe, Kenny Nolan|
|Sabrina singles chronology|
"Lady Marmalade" was covered by Italian pop star Sabrina. It was released in 1987 as the album's second single by Baby Records. In some countries, including France and the Netherlands, the song was known as "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi? (Lady Marmalade)" and was released in 1988.
- 7" maxi
- "Lady Marmalade" – 3:55
- "Boys, Hot Girl, Sexy Girl" (7" megamix) – 4:10
- 12" maxi
- "Lady Marmalade" (12" remix) – 5:57
- "Boys, Hot Girl, Sexy Girl" (12" megamix) – 6:04
- CD maxi
- "Lady Marmalade" (12" remix) – 6:08
- "Boys, Hot Girl, Sexy Girl" (megamix) – 6:04
- "Lady Marmalade" – 3:55
- Remixed by Peter Vriends, produced by Claudio Cecchetto
|Netherlands (Mega Top 100)||40|
All Saints cover
|Single by All Saints|
|from the album All Saints|
|B-side||"No More Lies", "Get Bizzy"|
|Released||January 27, 1998|
|Genre||Dance-pop, disco, R&B|
|Producer||Johnny Douglas, Timbaland|
|All Saints singles chronology|
Background and release
In 1998, English girl group All Saints covered "Lady Marmalade" as part of the double A-sided single "Under the Bridge" / "Lady Marmalade". The third single from their self-titled debut album, it contained the "Marmalade" cover and a cover of "Under the Bridge" by Red Hot Chili Peppers; it reached number one on the official UK Top 40, becoming their second number-one hit. In Europe, only the "Lady Marmalade" single was released. A total of 424,799 singles have been sold in the UK, with proceeds from the single going to breast cancer charities. The All Saints' version contains different lyrics for its verses; the only lyrics retained from the original composition are those for the chorus. A version remixed by Timbaland appeared on the Dr. Dolittle soundtrack.
British actress Kathryn Allerston appears in the music video.
- All Saints CD maxi single
- "Lady Marmalade" ('98 mix) – 4:02
- "Lady Marmalade" (Mark's Miami Madness mix) – 7:55
- "Lady Marmalade" (Sharp South Park vocal remix) – 8:09
- "Lady Marmalade" (Henry & Hayne's La Jam mix) – 6:47
- All Saints CD 1
- "Under the Bridge" – 5:03
- "Lady Marmalade" – 4:04
- "No More Lies" – 4:08
- "Lady Marmalade" (Henry & Haynes La Jam mix) – 9:23
- "Under the Bridge" (promo video) – 5:00
- All Saints CD 2
- "Lady Marmalade" (Mark!'s Miami Madness mix) – 7:56
- "Lady Marmalade" (Sharp South Park vocal remix) – 8:10
- "Under the Bridge" (Ignorance remix featuring Jean Paul e.s.q) – 4:55
- "Get Bizzy" – 3:45
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart||3|
|French Singles Chart||28|
|Swiss Singles Chart||45|
|UK Singles Chart||1|
"All That I Need" by Boyzone
"Turn Back Time" by Aqua
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
May 3, 1998
May 17, 1998
"Turn Back Time" by Aqua
"Feel It" by The Tamperer featuring Maya
Moulin Rouge! cover
|Single by Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink|
|from the album Moulin Rouge! Soundtrack|
|Released||March 27, 2001|
|Format||12" maxi single|
|Genre||R&B, hip hop soul|
|Producer||Rockwilder, Missy Elliott|
Background and release
In 2001, "Lady Marmalade" was featured as part of a medley in the film Moulin Rouge!. For the film's soundtrack album, Christina Aguilera, Lil' Kim, Mýa, and Pink recorded a cover version; it was released as the soundtrack's first single in spring 2001. Produced by Missy Elliott and writing partner Rockwilder, it features an intro and outro from Elliott. A lyric was changed from the original version, with the song's setting being transferred from New Orleans to the Paris nightclub Moulin Rouge. The song became a number-one hit on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 for the second time, reaching number one in its eighth week and spending five weeks at the top of the chart. It was the third song in Billboard chart history (after Aaliyah's 2000 single "Try Again" and Shaggy's 2001 single "Angel") to hit number one without being released in a major commercially available single format. "Lady Marmalade" was Aguilera's fourth US number-one single and first-time number-ones for Kim, Pink and Mýa in the US. For Aguilera, the song would be her last Hot 100 number one until 2011's "Moves Like Jagger" collaboration with Maroon 5. It would be Pink's only number-one hit until 2008, when her single "So What" reached the top. It remained in the top forty for seventeen weeks in the country, and topped the charts in fifteen different countries, including the United Kingdom and Australia. "Lady Marmalade" is the best-selling single for Lil' Kim and Mýa. The song was included on non-US versions of Aguilera's first greatest hits album, Keeps Gettin' Better: A Decade of Hits. As of December 2001, the song had sold 5.2 million copies worldwide.
Allmusic's Brand Kohlenstein praised the song by highlighting it and he added that ladies "teamed up for a surefire hit with their naughtier version of Patti Labelle's "Lady Marmalade." Slant Magazine editor praised the collaboration, too: "the track is simply an accolade to the performers' various distinctive styles, with Lil' Kim trashing it up and Aguilera caterwauling her way through the second half of the song."
The music video, directed by Paul Hunter, features all four performers in lingerie, also rapper Missy Elliott makes a couple of small appearances in the video and was filmed at the end of March 2001 on sets (Los Angeles) built to resemble the actual Moulin Rouge night club around the turn of the century (1890–1910). The video won the MTV Video Music Award for "Best Video of the Year" and "Best Video from a Film"; it was also nominated for "Best Dance Video", "Best Pop Video", "Best Choreography" (Tina Landon), and "Best Art Direction". The song won a 2002 Grammy Award in the category of "Best Pop Collaboration with Vocals". It ranks at number 30 on MuchMusic's 100 Best Videos.
"Me, Myself and I" by Scandal'us
|Australian ARIA Singles Chart
May 20, 2001 - June 3, 2001
"Angel" by Shaggy & Rayvon
"All for You" by Janet Jackson
|Billboard Hot 100 number-one single
June 2, 2001 - June 30, 2001
"U Remind Me" by Usher
"Walking Away" by Craig David
|New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart number-one single
June 10, 2001 - June 24, 2001
"What Took You So Long?" by Emma Bunton
"Angel" by Shaggy featuring Rayvon
|UK Singles Chart number-one single
June 17, 2001 - June 30, 2001
"The Way to Your Love" by Hear'Say
- The song was covered in 1930s style by Max Raabe und der Palast Orchester (2001).
- Lady Marmalade written by Bob Crewe was played by Cheech Marin and Tommy Chong in the movie the "Corsican Brothers" (1984).
- Leslie Cheung, one of the founding fathers of Cantopop, performed the Cantonese cover of this song "Hot" in 1988.
- An extremely fast eurodance cover by Nancy And The Boys on Dancemania Speed 8 (2002).
- In 2002, En Vogue performed the song on their concert DVD, "Live in the USA".
- A cover by Carol Duboc and Minae Noji featured in the film Be Cool (2005).
- The song was covered in 2007 by girl-group Sugababes and Patti LaBelle. They did the song as a duet at Swarovski Fashion Rocks.
- A cover by Beyoncé Knowles at the Academy Awards Ceremony (2009).
- The song was covered by Belgian acid house band Lords of Acid and can be found on their remix compilation Expand Your Head (1999).
- The Corrie Girls covered the song on the 2004 DiscoMania CD, a compilation of popular disco songs mainly comprising collaborations between original and contemporary artistes.
- An arrangement by The Lost Fingers featuring Nanette Workman (2009).
- A brief appearance in the episode redefinition in the second series of Angel, it was sung by Andy Hallet.
- Power metal band Manowar played the song live in France, having the fans sing the majority of the lyrics.
- The Chinese-mandarin singer Jolin Tsai covered the song for her 2008 English first cover album Love Exercise.
- Andy Hallett sang "Lady Marmalade" in the Angel TV series, as his character Lorne.
- Tiffany and Taeyeon of South Korean girl group Girls' Generation performed the Moulin Rouge! cover of the song as a duet for Girls' Generation's first Japanese Tour and second Asia tour. Tiffany performed the rap done in the song by Lil' Kim.
- The German a cappella group LaLeLu published the song on the album Pech im Unglück (2010).
- CeCe Frey covered this song on The X Factor season 2 in November 2012.
- Singapore all-female a cappella group nanu, covered the Moulin Rouge version of the song for a period of time.
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