Lady Marmalade (3:56)

Cover of 100 Hits Of The '70s

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“Lady Marmalade” is a 1974 song made famous by the girl group Labelle. Produced by Allen Toussaint, “Lady Marmalade” became a number-one hit the next year. An early disco hit, the song is most famous for its sexually suggestive chorus of “voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?” The song held the number-one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart in the United States for one week. Labelle’s version of “Lady Marmalade” was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003.

“Lady Marmalade” was written by Bob Crewe (who co-wrote many of the hits recorded by The Four Seasons) and Kenny Nolan. The songwriting pair had previously collaborated on the hit Frankie Valli song “My Eyes Adored You”. The song came about after Crewe made first-hand observations in New Orleans. First recorded by the relatively obscure group Eleventh Hour (of which songwriter Nolan was a member) in 1974 on Eleventh Hour’s Greatest Hits LP, Labelle’s producer Allen Toussaint decided to record it as the main track for the album Nightbirds, which would become highly successful. The record was produced by Toussaint, with instrumental backing from The Meters.

Although the song gave way to many cover versions over the years, the most successful was recorded in 2001 by singers Christina Aguilera, Lil’ Kim, Mya & Pink as a single for the Moulin Rouge! film’s soundtrack. Missy Elliott produced the version, with instrumental help from beatsmith Rockwilder. The song was mixed by world renowned audio engineer Dave “Hard Drive” Pensado.

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