Exactly thirty years ago today the legendary Patti LaBelle had a breakthrough in her solo career. On January 28, 1984 she scored her first no. one R&B hit with “If Only You Knew” from the album I’m in Love Again.
The song was a huge moment for Ms. LaBelle who famously struggled for songs that would fit her powerhouse voice. In addition, Patti turned down huge hits like ”If You Don’t Know By Me Now” and “Oh Me Oh My (I’m a Fool for You Baby)” — but the diva got it right with this ballad produced by the super producer Kenny Gamble. In addition, it was a rare song that you heard in her mid-range.
Check out vintage Patti below!