AFTER 28 YEARS OF GIVING DIANA ROSS THE SILENT TREATMENT, AND AT TIMES, THE EVIL EYE, PATTI LABELLE WOMANS-UP AND PUBLICLY APOLOGIZES TO ROSS.
Patti LaBelle, who has just released a new CD titled Classic Moments
on June 21st, has taken time out to publicly apologize to Diana Ross. According to a recent posting on the Diana Ross fan Website www.diana-web.com
, LaBelle says she recently buried the hatchet with Ross after carrying a grudge for nearly 30 years. At LaBelle's May 28th concert in Norfolk, Virginia she says she " ... publicly apologized to Ross for all the nasty and wrong things she's thought and said about her over the years." LaBelle has been angry at Ross and Motown
for luring away singer Cindy Birdsong, who was then part of LaBelle's group the Bluebelles
, to join the Supremes
in 1967, replacing co-founder Florence Ballard, now deceased. LaBelle joked to the crowd that she first apologized to Ross last month in front of "23 other divas" when both she and Ross attended Oprah Winfrey's A Bridge To Now
gala celebrating 25 legendary black women for their contributions to the arts, entertainment, and civil rights. LaBelle went on to say that she and Ross have spoken on the phone several times in the past few weeks. Patti LaBelle says that she doesn't want to be called a "diva," explaining that the word is too closely identified with young singers who perform along to pre-recorded tracks: "There's no way that you're going to get a diva attack from Patti LaBelle. I don't go there. I've never gone there. And that word, 'diva,' I refuse to be called a 'diva' anymore, because there's so many of these little young girls, who have that title now and they go out there and sing to tracks. Now how can you be diva if you're singing to your own voice?"
LaBelle's Classic Moments
CD features her cover of Michael McDonald's "I Keep Forgetting
'" and a duet with Elton John on his 1970 Top 10 hit "Your Song
." On Friday (July 1), LaBelle performed on ABC-TV's Good Morning America Summer Concert Series in New York City (see pics below). On July 4th, she plays at Elton John's Philadelphia Freedom Concert, outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art, to benefit HIV/AIDS programs and services.http://www.voy.com/114507/5609.html