Musically, LaBelle created an original blend of rock instrumentation mixed with gospel soul vocal runs and licks that had not ever been heard before they came on the scene. They were simply way ahead of their time.

By the early 70s, Labelle was really 3 Black women performing funk-infused rock music who traded their matching dresses and afros for futuristic space outfits of silver and feathers. As a matter of fact, their costume designer Larry Legaspi eventually went on to design the costumes for the group KISS.

Labelle, comprised of Patti Labelle, Sarah Dash and Nona Hendryx, did what needed to be done! Period. During their early Labelle run, the trio performed Nina Simone’s classic “Four Women” on the public television series Soul, which they never released on an album. Rest in Heaven Miss Sarah Dash.

Spend some time watching this over the weekend. I think it will move y’all on so many different levels.