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Montrose Voice, No. 330, February 20, 1987 - File 009. 1987-02-20. University of Houston Libraries. University of Houston Digital Library. Web. December 2, 2020. https://digital.lib.uh.edu/collection/montrose/item/2919/show/2898.

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Title Montrose Voice, No. 330, February 20, 1987
Contributor
  • McClurg, Henry
  • Wyche, Linda
Publisher Community Publishing Company
Date February 20, 1987
Language English
Subject
  • LGBTQ community
  • LGBTQ people
  • Gay liberation movement
Place
  • Houston, Texas
Genre
  • newspapers
Type
  • Text
Identifier OCLC: 22329406
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  • University of Houston Libraries Special Collections
  • LGBT Research Collection
  • Montrose Voice
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Note This item was digitized from materials loaned by the Gulf Coast Archive and Museum (GCAM).
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Title File 009
Transcript 8 MONTROSE VOICE/FEBRUARY 20, 1987 Patti LaBelle—Fighting AIDS with Love Hot Wax By Jeffrey Wilson It was late in the evening and we were both pretty exhausted. Patti just came off the road from her European tour and a grueling two- shows-a-night stint in Las Vegas. I was just getting over the flu. We chit-chatted for a white, mostly about the successes of her Winnerln You album and various other new projects and accolades. LaBelle's a perfectionist and asking her if the platinum selling album and singles met her expectations, Patti laughed, but in all seriousness said, "No, but they will. Things will happen the way I think they should." Nominated for two Grammy Awards, I asked Patti about the possibility of finally winning after so many years of nominations. She turned the question back to me, "What do /think? I'd rather keep it to myself," and with an earthy giggle Patti confided, "Maybe I'll share it with you the next time I see you." The success of her first album with MCA Records as well as the duet with Michael McDonald has made LaBelle highly visible to an entirely new realm of possible collaborators. "In Vegas I worked on a new video for my song 'Something Special' with George Carlin," she began to explain, "It's for Bette Midler's new movie Outrageous Fortune. Although I had just met Goerge the day we shot the video and we only worked together for an hour, he was very pleasant to me. It was great fun and he's a very crazy guy. A most unusual combination even for LaBelle fans to imagine is the pairing of the Queen of Rock & Soul with labelmates the Oak Ridge Boys?! "Rainbow at Midnight" is described by Patti as "sort of like a ballad, and you know any ballad will catch my attention. I never thought I would work with the Oak Ridge Boys. So when the opportunity came I said, 'Let me listen to it.' When I did hear the tape, I fell in love with the song." Curious if it took all those Oak Ridge Boys to overpower LaBelle in the studio, Patti amusingly laughed, "No, we shared! They were very sweet to me. It was an enjoya- Both known for their outrageous hairstyles and wild stage antics, Patti LaBelle and Cyndi Lauper have again been nominated for the music industry's coveted Grammy Award. ble session." LaBelle fans will have to buy the Oak's new album due out in March entitled Where the Fast Lane Ends to hear the blend, because as Patti says, "I plan to have a new album before the year is out, but I haven't even chosen the songs yet. I hope whatever the new project does, that it comes out like Winner!" And was she the toast of Europe? Patti, obviously delighted, gushes, "It was an exciting brand new thing. Going to London after 15 years, it was like I had never been there. It was a thrilling experience for me! The audiences all over were in a party mood, they were up. They shared a whole lot of love with me which showed that they wanted me to come back soon, so I'll go back next year." After playing 'catch-up' we delved into the real purpose of our conver sation, which was LaBelle's triumphant return to her hometown (and mine) of Philadelphia to play the Forest Theatre. What makes this especially heartwarming [a LaBelle's gracious donation of the proceeds from the engagement's final show to AmFAR, the American Foundation for AIDS Research. In a somber tone Patti reflects, "I've been aware of the crisis from the beginning. Many friends have come down with this dreaded disease and passed away." LaBelle is not afraid to get involved or jump in with both high-heeled feet, gallantly stating, "I'm doing this benefit because I feel it from the heart, not because anyone else does them! Whatever I can do for the cause, here I am!" LaBelle feels very strongly that the entertainment industry has been so supportive, but there is more to be done. Patti says, "They supported Live Aid, they should do the same thing to fight AIDS. They should do what we're doing to fight AIDS and support the cause. I can't speak for those entertainers who haven't come forward yet, or say they're wrong for not doing so, it's just I know it would help us if more of them did participate." Patti LaBelle, with her very diverse concert audiences comprised of any combination of black, white, gay, straight, or as she would say,whatever, is very concerned about the growing anti-gay sentiment stemming from the uneducated AIDS hysteria. "I don't know if AIDS can ever be looked upon as a disease that anyone can be stricken with. I guess it's like when you look at certain people, and unfortunately you see just how prejudiced they are against gays, blacks or any other minorities. I doubt if that kind of sickness (prejudice) can ever be cured. It's a sickness of its own for anyone to think this is just a gay disease. That's a bigoted opinion and a bigoted way of thinking. In fact, to me it's racist for people to be antigay and think that way about AIDS." "Unfortunately, there will always be people who are prejudiced against something. Once they have it in their minds, they're probably going to be that way untili/iey die. I don't know if it can ever be explained, even through education, that this is a disease that anyone can get. You see, AIDS isn't bigoted, it's a disease that doesn't care about the color of your skin, or where you live, or who you sleep with. It's a killer that doesn't pick and choose." On the bright side, LaBelle believes in the power of positive thinking and says to those who are ailing or who have lost loved ones, "Think good thoughts, use positive thinking. No matter how difficult it seems some days, it's possible you can heat it. A positive way of thinking might just help your body to fight it. In closing Patti says bravely, "Never give up, I still love you!" Special thanks to Jill Larkin and Armstead Edwards. *1986 Hot Wax Music. All rights reserved. Cut Cotm . a I 1212 WESTHEIMER 528-9600 «i£-_ _%Qmli Qms PANCAKE ™<fetfiVal SATURDAY. FEBRUARY 28. 1987 7 AM -2PM AIL THE PANCAKES WITH SAl&AGE AlC BACON VOU CAN EAT S400-A0U.T S200- 12 AND UNDER JL BERING MEMORIAL ^|* I.'ntted Methodist Church 5261017 1440 HoraW at Muito-Tv St • Houtton, h l*
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