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Patti Labelle

I got a call to come help out with a show at Bridgestone this week and had no clue that I would be working with a legend in the music community. When I showed up to Bridgestone I was introduce to Patti Labelle and her tour staff backstage and spent the day with them before watching Labelle take the stage to a SOLD OUT crowd of 20,000. It was amazing getting to chat music with the crew and even get a complement on some of the music tastes I gained while I was growing up in the South.

If you aren't familiar with Patti Labelle:

American Music Award Winner

2x Grammy Awards

6 NAACP Image Awards

BET Lifetime Achievement Award (As Well As Musical Arts Award & Walk Of Fame Award)

Rhythm & Blues Foundation Pioneer Award

Soul Train Music Heritage Award

The Essence Awards Triumphant Spirit Award

Lady OF Soul Awards -Lena Horne Lifetime Achievement Award

Songwriters Hall Of Fame -Sammy Cahn Lifetime Achievement Award

World Music Awards - Legend Award

Apollo Theatre - Legends Hall Of Fame

& Dozens More.

Not only did I get to meet and chat with Patti Labelle, I also got to meet legendary comedian George Wallace.

If you don't know who George is:

He has had supporting roles in a number of films, including 3 Strikes and the Coen Brothers film The Ladykillers (2004, as Sheriff Wyner). Wallace also appeared in Batman Forever (1995) as the Mayor of Gotham City. Other film credits include A Rage in Harlem (1991), The Wash (2001), Punchline (1988), Things Are Tough All Over (1982), Postcards from the Edge (1990), and Mr. Deeds (2002).

Wallace made a brief appearance in the sitcom Scrubs episode "My Words of Wisdom" (2007), and in the sitcom Seinfeld episode "The Checks", where he played the doctor that was distracted by the song "Witchy Woman". He also appeared in the introduction scene to the home video release of Jerry Seinfeld: I'm Telling You for the Last Time - Live on Broadway (1999) as a fictionalized version of himself. He portrayed a man in a retirement home in The Last Laugh (2019) and starred as the Mayor in Hubie Halloween (2020).

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