Thom Bell and Deniece Williams  co- produced a number one hit single “If Only You Knew” at the legendary recording studio Sigma Sound Studios with chief engineer Joe Tarsia. The track reached number one on the Billboard R&B singles chart listings 15th May 1982 (2 Weeks).

The key musicians on the recording session were Bill Neal and Bobby Eli (guitars), George Merril (programmed the synthesizer), Larry Washington and Ed Shay (percussion instruments), Charles Collins and Bob Babbitt (bass guitar). Babbitt was a former member of the Funk Brothers studio band at Motown Records. String and horn arrangements were conducted by Don Renaldo.

“If Only You Knew” was Patti’s  first number one hit  single of her career as a solo artist after leaving the female vocal group Labelle. The record stayed at the top of Billboard R&B chart for four weeks, beginning its reign week ending the 28th January 1984. The album also became her first certified gold album according to the RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) and the first for  Philadelphia International Records for a female signed to the label under the ownership of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Kenny Gamble and Dexter Wansel produced the track at Sigma Sound Studios located at 212 North 12th Street, Philadelphia.

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.

Both artists occupied the number one position for two weeks, beginning with Jean Carne taking a run at the summit on 2nd August 1986 with “Closer than Closer” on Omni Records, which was produced by the late Grover Washington Jr. (Jean was once signed to Philadelphia International Records from the 1970s to the early 1980s).

Shirley Jones achieved the top position on 16th August 1986. The single “Do You Get enough Love?”  was the second single for Philadelphia International Records to achieve the number one position during the 1980s, selling over 800,000 copies and the most successful record since Patti’s hit single,”If Only You Knew”. The track was co-produced by Kenny Gamble and Bunny Sigler.

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Philadelphia Soul Sound  of The 1970s

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