Billboard #1 Hits: #360: “Lady Marmalade”- LaBelle. March 29, 1975. #1 for 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.

  • Single: “Lady Marmalade”- LaBelle
  • Record Company- Epic
  • Genre: Soul
  • Written by Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan
  • Time: 3:15
  • B-side:”Space Children”
  • Album- Nightbirds
  • Grade:B+
  • Peaked at #1 1 week in Billboard Hot 100.#17 in UK Singles Chart, #1 in Canada and The Netherlands.

What are the odds on this- two back to back #1 hits by the same songwriters- Bob Crewe and Kenny Nolan wrote “My Eyes Adored You” and “Lady Marmalade.” The song which has been covered over the years by a number of artists is best remembered for it’s suggestive French chorus Voulez-vous coucher avec moi (ce soir)?”, which translates into English as “Do you want to sleep with me (tonight)?” The song would go to #1 again- with a version by Christina Aguilera, Mya, Pink and Lil Kim. It was the 9th song to go to #1 by two different musical acts.

7 responses to “BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #360: “LADY MARMALADE”- LABELLE – MARCH 29, 1975

  1. A good tune for sure! Much better than that cover version of it from about a decade back. I still haven’t figured out if what they’re saying starting with “voulez” is real French naughty talk or made up sounds, but it’s effective!

  2. “Voulez vous couchez avec moi, c’est sois?” Will you sleep with me this night. (or something close) High school French class was a long time ago. Yes I love this song and we used to yell it out when we were dancing at the “mirrorball club.” Ah the good times!

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