From The Vault: Patti Labelle – ‘Over The Rainbow’

Published: Sunday 17th Apr 2011 by Trent

With ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ coming closer to its final episode on May 25th, many people have begun to reflect on iconic moments that occurred during its incredible 25-year run. One such moment has the honor of being this week’s From The Vault pick – Patti Labelle’s early 1990s performance of ‘Over The Rainbow’ alongside Oprah herself!

Patti absolutely nailed that performance! Her voice was (and still is) so powerful that she could have easily performed without a microphone!

I can’t think of a single younger singer today who can do what Patti did on that stage with such range, power and control. I just…

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  1. James April 17, 2011

    That GIF!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. Osian April 17, 2011

    Patti is a beast and I love Oprah but that gif stole the damn show lol!

  3. Bey Boy April 17, 2011

    She is just loud. Beyonce > this old t*****.

  4. BREEZYTHEBEST April 17, 2011

    Everytime Patti sings this song she takes you to church, not even Aretha can take me to church like Patti,legend.

  5. Blake Hall April 17, 2011

    Don’t pay attention to @BeyBoy, it is just a troll trying to start a stan war. It is not a real Beyfan.

  6. Dave April 17, 2011

    Yesss Patti be going INN. & I usually don’t stan but someone will NEVER EVER THINK BEYONCE IS OVER PATTI! PATTI WILL EAT BEYONCE FOR BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & DINNER ON HER WORST DAYS! Patti >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> random pedestrian in the Sahara Desert >>>>>>>>>>>>> air >>>>>>>>>>> Beyonce.

  7. Mama Monster Rules All April 17, 2011

    Another overrated black singer. She is just like Jennifer Hudson… LOUD.

    Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, & Lady Gaga would put her to shame.

  8. The G-List Society April 17, 2011

    I almost went to church watching this. Patti is a LEGEND…the Be-yawn-say and Lady Gag and Riha-NOT stans will never understand true talent because they were babies when talent was last around. By the way, Oprah can sing too…let me find out!

  9. Blake Hall April 17, 2011

    @Dave

    Bey Boy is not a real Beyonce stan. It is a troll.

  10. KIIKD April 17, 2011

    I LIVE FOR THAT KIND OF GIF!

  11. MJSTAN April 17, 2011

    HONESTLY SPEAKING I DIDNT FIND THAT IMPRESSIVE SHE WAS JUST LOUD, SCREAMING AND SCREAMING ON AND ON LIKE J HUD

    WHITNEY,MARIAH, ARETHA AND MINNIE WILL SLAY HER EASILY

  12. RIRI BEY STAN AKA GROW UP PLEASE!!!!! April 17, 2011

    I can’t think of a sinfgle younger singer today who can do what Patti did on that stage with such range, power and control. I just…
    YES INDEED TRENT. NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH

    Beyboy is just trying to make Bey fans start some mess. BY GIRl FLY GIRL

  13. Robert April 17, 2011

    Patti LaBelle > That old fat fart Aretha Franklin. Patti LaBelle should be titled “QUEEN OF SOUL”

  14. RIRI BEY STAN AKA GROW UP PLEASE!!!!! April 17, 2011

    Another overrated black singer. She is just like Jennifer Hudson… LOUD.

    Whitney Houston, Celine Dion, & Lady Gaga would put her to shame

    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

    THIS HAS TO BE THE FUNNIEST THING I HAVE READ TODAY

  15. royalkev April 17, 2011

    Oh my damn! Patti was going in. I prefer voices like Whitney’s and Mariah, but that was incredible. You have to respect her, she paved the way for them.

    ThePagewithroyalkev.blogspot.com

  16. Judge & Jury April 17, 2011

    PATTI LABELLE IS THE REAL DEAL. SHE NEVER LIPS AND ALWAYS SINGS LIVE, GREAT STAGE PERFORMER AND STAGE PRESENCE AS WELL. SHE’S NEVER SMOKED OR DONE DRUGS, ALWAYS KEEPS HER VOICE IN TOP STANDARDS. EVEN TODAY SHE IS THE SAME ALBEIT AT LESS POWER DUE TO AGE. NOW COMPARE THIS TO THE S*** WE SEE TODAY – BEYAAAWNCE AND LADY CACA AND THEIR BAG OF STUPID TECH TRICKS. LET’S THROW IN KE$HA CRAP, KATY PERRY, AND MR KING AUTO-TUNE HIMSELF, WILL.I.AM.

  17. UGh April 17, 2011

    lawdamercy!

  18. Mr. T April 17, 2011

    She sounds like the old women in the church…..LOL. Great voice.

    I can see how someone would not like her voice, but Patti is one of the greatest singer. Love Patti.

    She is soooo loud…LOL

  19. ImgunnacheckUboo April 17, 2011

    It’s amazing how good Patti still sounds today, she must take real good care of those pipes.

  20. Bey_Stan_Btw April 17, 2011

    YESS. I can’t think of anyone that can sing like her either…..But beyonce is Pretty damn close… #Justsayin

    #ROUNDIV

  21. t April 17, 2011

    lol oprah can sing she knda sounds like vanessa wiliams

  22. TaTa April 17, 2011

    I think people are getting loud mixed up with power and soul.

    The person who said that GaGa was better was kidding…. right?

  23. fab April 17, 2011

    sorry but mariahhhhhhhhhh whooooooo??????????????that is a singer @beboy whatever ure such a jerk is because of people like u that queen bee has so many hater……….. i wonder why her name has to be put here im #1 bee fan but i know paid respect to other singer patty for me is just ………..i don t even know how to describ it any way stop that stupid ass bich act beebye…………..u just dont deserve to be a queen be fan if u really are……………….

  24. dr_tkwon April 17, 2011

    Did that Idiot seriously put Lady gaga’s name next 2 those two? Lol stan wisely!!!
    Anywhat all ȋ̝̊ can think of now is Oprahs hundreds of Staff,ώħå† they gonna do after?

  25. JohnVidal April 17, 2011

    Another stan war on this post? Is it really necessary?
    This was amazing and stunning!!!
    But one can easily see (or hear) why she can´t (or couldn´t) reach the level of megarstardom Mariah or Whitney or Celine have.
    Lessors are not necessary to be mentioned on here!
    And last but not least: WOW this was amazing (again)

  26. RONALDMATTERS.COM April 17, 2011

    I’m actually surprised that Oprah could hold a note!! Good job Oprah!

  27. JuanR April 17, 2011

    PATTI IS A LEGEND!

  28. Texas Girl. Hollywood Dreams. April 17, 2011

    Patti went in! This women is my isnpiration 🙂

  29. Y’all Some F*ucking Haters!!!!! April 17, 2011

    You ppl i’m convinced really are crazy or just plain stupid. Lady Gaga Couldn’t see Patti even if she had the flu broke her legs and was in a wheel chair. Beyonce I’m a fan but if you saw Vh1 Diva’s back in 2004 you’ll know why Patti was the headliner and beyonce was just a featured act. There is a difference between screaming and singing. Jennifer Hudson is a screamer. Patti Just has crazy range. I’m not sure why you all hate on everybody that’s not Lady gaga,Rihanna,Katy, or Beyonce. But get Real NO new singing act is near Patti,Aretha,Chaka,Natalie,Whitney,Mariah,Barbra,Ella,Mahalia,Donna!!! None so get off that delusional trip you’re all on

  30. JohnVidal April 17, 2011

    @Y’all Some F*ucking Haters!!!!!
    LOL So f****** great your comment!!!

  31. I really try to be real here April 17, 2011

    you wanna know why pple hate everyone who’s name aren’t Gaga or Beyonce????
    i tell you why…because right now it’s their time to shine!they represent our generation believe it or not…bu that’s the truth…and her voice(Patti’s) isn’t unique and that good at it just all… so stop hatin okay?

  32. Bey’knight April 17, 2011

    @judge and jury
    I cant believe u just said BEYAWNCE
    next u bring up bull about not being bias

    Beyonce is just too sensational. Her name on every single post!

  33. Mr.M April 17, 2011

    Xtina can do better!

    THE VOICE OF THE GENERATION >>>> ALL YOUR FAVS

  34. Dev April 17, 2011

    People say Beyonce because they have no musical knowledge, no culture and are about 12.

    Patti has range, Thats some 3D vocals

  35. THE UNDISPUTED QUEEN OF POP April 17, 2011

    @Mr. M Are u talking about the girl that butchered the National Anthem? LMFAO GIRL BYE!! @Judge and Jury You are clearly delusional and stupid ass hell to say QUEEN B uses gimmicks to sing. THE QUEEN is one of the best singers of this generation and she didnt use auto tune or anything else to get where she is, to be one of the leading ladies in music with oustanding vocal techniques. @ Girl-List Society Dont put all THE QUEEN stans in a bunch, because clearly I am one and i know THE QUEEN cant mess with the prime Whitney and Mariah, Aretha and Patti, when it comes to singing. Some of u people, i swear have a pea for a brain seriously! Gaga or Rihanna or Britney should never and i mean never, be mention when it comes to the greatest singers of all time. PLEASE STAY AWAY FROM THE CRACK, METH, POWDER AND ALL THE OTHER DRUGS U DELUSIONAL IDIOTS ARE TAKING!!!

  36. MISHKA April 17, 2011

    “I can’t think of a single younger singer today who can do what Patti did on that stage with such range, power and control. “

    ___________________________________________________________

    I can think of A LOT of younger singers today who CAN’T even do Oprah’s background vocals. For real.

  37. JohnVidal April 17, 2011

    @MISHKA
    LOL I know at least Britney, Rihanna, Kesha and J.No!!! At least those ones.
    This post is becoming funny cos lessors are being taught. And despised. Just what they deserve

  38. Yinka April 17, 2011

    Hmmm. While Patti is legendary by far compared to anyone else with her 3D Vocals…Im not fond of someone sing-screaming in Somewhere Over the Rainbow lol

  39. Way Back When April 17, 2011

    No one to day can compare… NO ONE.. j hud is about as close as we’re going to get and even she cant touch patti… Patti has a hell of a vocal range, there is NOTHING she cant sing…. i remember when christina and the other girls were performing moulin rouge and then patti came out and shitted on everybody… Every now and again i get embarassed when i look at the state that music has come to. nobody out has much of a vocal range anymore. smh…

  40. Travis April 18, 2011

    Fantasia could. Because she slayed all performers at patti UNCF tribute. I’m just saying

  41. Anne April 18, 2011

    First, the legendary Patti is one of the best vocally no doubt. However, personally I’m a bigger Aretha fan because in my opinion she has more classics and a slight edge on vocal style. Second, @ THE G-LIST SOCIETY and others, I’m not sure about other contemporary artists, but I know for a fact that not all of Beyonce’s fans are youngsters. Let’s just say that I, for example, have been buying music long enough to have purchased Prince’s 1978 debut album “For You” from the record store on vinyl. Although I grew up listening to ladies like Aretha, Patti, Gladys, Natalie Cole, Stephanie Mills, Deniece Williams, Teena Marie, etc., I STILL appreciate Beyonce’s vocal ability. I think Beyonce can hang with the ladies above vocally, even at their peaks, and she can certainly out perform her contemporary competition. Beyonce may not “blow” the entire time she is on stage, but that’s not because she couldn’t if she wanted to; she’d rather display that ability along with the sultry, soft, beautiful side of her voice that compares to such artists above like Stephanie Mills, Teena Marie, and Natalie Cole. Beyonce takes a little from all of the ladies above and throws in her contemporary R&B/pop style and it all adds up to a highlly capable vocalist.

  42. LOVE > HATE April 18, 2011

    YES PATTI did a SUPERB job as always. I truly respect and love that woman.
    People really need to stop with the comparison. Even if u don’t think Patti and/or her voice is amazing at least realize that she has a unique voice and talent that extremely few other artist possess.

  43. browngirl April 18, 2011

    this was before i was even born

  44. jojofan April 18, 2011

    for sure the younger generations cannot surpass Whitney, Mariah and Patti but there are a lot of young and talented singers just waiting for their time to shine : Tiffany Evans, JoJo, Karina Pasian, Charice. You know the best singers in the world aren’t all american or british. Charice’s been 2 times on Glee. She’s amazing. Check her out : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=anHOaaoBsiY

  45. KD April 18, 2011

    While in no way denying her singing ability I absolutely without a doubt feel she butchered that song, it was almost unrecognizable. I did not like it at all.

  46. jrizza April 18, 2011

    I’m sorry but Patti would slay each and every b**** yall just hyped up best believe. Obviously she can’t today, but back in the day she would SLAY all of them!!!

  47. HUDSON MORRIGAN April 18, 2011

    Obviously you b****** haven’t had the pleasure of seeing Patti live
    Her voice is just as big and her range is just as wide as it was 20 years ago
    Her voice is so big she could easily be an opera singer
    Her voice has a really metallic edge which is not for everybody’s taste
    But she is a fantastic singer and there’s no one nowadays who can touch her vocal range and power, except for perhaps Monica Naranjo (Spain) and Vanessa Amorosi (Australia), but no Beyonces or JHuds.

  48. theman April 18, 2011

    Patti is amazing, and she can flatout blow. She’s a true vocalist, and one of the greatest to ever do it.

  49. georgina watts April 18, 2011

    Singggggggg girl!!!!!

  50. Immaculate May 3, 2011

    Patti LaBelle is Soul!!. .And She wil PuT all these y0ung diva-rettes To shame with only 1 song!

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