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Chameleon is the sixth album by American singing trio Labelle. Though Patti LaBelle's autobiography Don't Block The Blessings revealed that LaBelle planned a follow-up to Chameleon entitled Shaman, the album never materialized. The trio would not release another new recording until 2008's Back to Now. The final album was moderately successful peaking at #94 at the Pop charts and #21 on the R&B charts. Only two singles made the charts which were "Get You Somebody New" which peaked at #50 on the Pop charts and their memorable song "Isn't It A Shame" which peaked at #18 on the R&B charts. "Isn't It A Shame" was later sampled by Nelly on his 2004 hit, "My Place", which featured Jaheim.

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Studio album by
ReleasedJune 17, 1976
RecordedWally Heider Studios, San Francisco, California
GenreFunk rock, soul
ProducerDavid Rubinson & Friends Inc., in association with Vicki Wickham
Labelle chronology
Back To Now
Singles from Chameleon
  1. "Isn't It a Shame"
    Released: June 17, 1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars link
Christgau's Record GuideB–[1]
Rolling Stone(favorable) link

Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Nona Hendryx; except where indicated

  1. "Get You Somebody New" (Joe Crane) (6:10)
  2. "Come into My Life" (6:44)
  3. "Isn't It a Shame" (Randy Edelman) (7:58)
  4. "Who's Watching the Watcher?" (4:15)
  5. "Chameleon" (5:15)
  6. "Gypsy Moths" (5:00)
  7. "A Man in a Trenchcoat (Voodoo)" (7:49)
  8. "Going Down Makes Me Shiver" (7:07)


Basic song arrangements for Nona Hendryx material were: LaBelle, James "Budd" Ellison, Eddie Martinez and Rev. Batts


  1. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: L". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 1, 2019 – via

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