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As Win takes the stage to sing "If Only You Knew," a song made famous by Patti LaBelle, his music idol waits for her cue backstage.

After singing the first verse solo, Win is joined onstage by Patti. Their duet brings Vickie to tears.

"Wow," Oprah says. "That was too fantastic."

When Oprah's producers first asked Patti to be a part of this surprise, she says she was overwhelmed by Win's admiration. "Somebody loved me so much that they wanted to name their baby, if it was a boy or a girl, Patti LaBelle," she says. "That's special."

Win says he heard Patti's voice before he saw her. "I heard her voice, and I'm thinking, 'Oh, man.' I didn't know what to think," he says. "[My wife] kind of sprang it on me that we have to come to Oprah. … I was really nervous."

As a special treat, Patti invites Win and Vickie to join her for dinner after the show. "Happy Valentine's Day to Vickie and Win," Oprah says. "This will be one you'll never forget."
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Published on March 14, 2008

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