PHILADELPHIA — Earlier this week, legendary soul singer Patti LaBelle was honored with her own Philadelphia street. The section of Broad Street between Spruce and Locust streets was renamed Patti LaBelle Way in a ceremony that celebrated the singer, who hails from Southwest Philly.

But the Philadelphia Streets Department misspelled LaBelle’s in the signs they’ve installed at the intersection, leaving out the capital “B” in her last name. According to Deana Gamble, the communications director for the city, the Streets Department is aware of the error and plan on installing signs with the correct spelling of LaBelle’s name next week. (The sign that LaBelle autographed and held up at the ceremony featured the correct spelling.)

LaBelle first rose to prominence as a solo artist and the leader of disco trio LaBelle. Her career, which spans five decades, has branched out into humanitarian efforts — notably as an HIV/AIDS awareness advocate — and as a celebrity chef. She’s written several cookbooks and even hosted her own show on the Cooking Channel.


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