Philadelphia

Philadelphia: Music Tourism

The creative marriage of Philadelphia International Records and the Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress, a division of  the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau, is using the Philadelphia Sound hit instrumental “TSOP” (The Sound Of Philadelphia) performed by MFSB, the label’s studio band (which received a Grammy Award for “Best Instrumental”) as […]

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Philadelphia Soul Sound: Female Solo Artists 6

Two female artists dominated the American Billboard R&B Singles Chart for the entire month of August 1986, with singles produced and recorded in the city of Philadelphia, at different recording studios. They were Shirley Jones and Jean Carne. Jean Carne Both artists occupied the number one position for two weeks, beginning with Jean […]

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Johnnie Taylor and The Manhattans

Johnnie Taylor and The Manhattans were the first recording acts in America to receive platinum certification for their hit singles. Both singles were also number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart and the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart. Johnnie Taylor’s single “Disco Lady” became the first certified-platinum single […]

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Philadelphia Soul Sound: Female Solo Artists 5

All  the tracks and albums featured in this series of articles were recorded at the world famous recording studio Sigma Sound Studios and the short-lived recording studio Alpha International Recording Studios, both based in the city of Philadelphia during the 1980s, with some singles reaching the Top five in the […]

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Philadelphia Soul Sound: Female Solo Artists 4

In the early 1980s, Deniece Williams co-produced a brilliant and soulful solo album with the legendary Thom Bell (one of the key music architects of the Sound of Philadelphia ) entitled “My Melody”. The album finally received gold certification from the RIAA on 13th October 2000, having been released on CBS […]

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Philadelphia Soul Sound: Female Solo Artists 2

A Quiet Storm Philly classic ballad “Fantasy”, stunningly performed by Brandi Wells, is the highlight of her debut album “Watch Out”, released by WMOT Records in 1984. The track was produced by Nick Martinelli and arranged by Dexter Wansell at Alpha Recording Studio. They also produced and arranged the title […]

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Philadelphia Soul Sound: Female Solo Artists 3

Actress, fashion model and singer Vanessa Williams  enjoyed  success towards the end of the 1980s with an up-dated Philly soul sound. The number one single “Dreamin’”, produced by Donald Robinson, was taken from her gold-certified debut album “The Right Stuff”, which was released on February 1st 1988 on Wing/Mercury Records. “Dreamin’” […]

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Quinton Joseph

The Chicago Years The legendary Quinton Joseph was born on 28th August 1946 in the city of Chicago, affectionately known as the “Windy City”. He is one of the few studio musicians during the golden era of R&B and Soul music to have played on hit records from two different cities, […]

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