Labelle is the only singing group where each of the black women had their own success after that left the group and had some solo sucess (excusing Patti LaBelle who had major success). The group was formed after the disbanding of two rival girl groups in the Philadelphia/Trenton areas, the Ordettes, and the Del-Capris, forming as a new version of the former group, later changing their name to The Blue Belles (later Bluebelles). The founding members were Patti LaBelle (formerly Patricia Holt), Sundray Tucker, Nona Hendryx and Sarah Dash. Tucker left before the group cut their first record and was replaced by Cindy Birdsong.
As The Bluebelles, and later Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles, the group found success with ballads in the doo-wop genre, most notably, “Down the Aisle (The Wedding Song)”, “You'll Never Walk Alone” and “Over the Rainbow”. After Birdsong departed from the group to join The Supremes in 1967,