Lady Marmalade is an iconic song that has become a pop culture phenomenon with quite a fascinating history. Although numerous artists have covered Lady Marmalade over the years, Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan wrote the song, drawing inspiration from Crewe’s experiences in New Orleans and the local sex workers. The song is set in New Orleans and features a French chorus of “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” which means “Do you want to sleep with me tonight?”. The song is about a prostitute named Lady Marmalade, who seduces men with her propositions.
The History of Lady Marmalade
The origins of Lady Marmalade can be traced back to the 1940s, when a song called “Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir?” was first recorded by French singer Lucienne Delyle. The song became a hit in France and was later covered by various artists in different languages. However, it wasn’t until the 1970s that the song was transformed into the iconic disco hit we know today.
The Eleventh Hour, a disco group, first recorded the song in 1974. However, it failed to chart. Then, it was shown to Allen Toussaint, a producer from New Orleans, who decided to record it with the R&B group Labelle. Labelle consisted of Patti LaBelle, Nona…