Philadelphia Soul Sound of  The 1980s

Thom Bell and Deniece Williams  co- produced number one hit single at the legendary recording studio, Sigma Sound Studios with chief engineer Joe Taria. The achieved pecked at number one on the Billboard R&B single chart listings 15th May 1982 (2 Weeks).

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

“If Only You Knew” was Patti  first number one hit  single of 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 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.

Both Kenny Gamble and Dexter Wansel produced track at Sigma Sound Studios located at 212 North 12th Street, Philadelphia.


Two Female artists who 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 were Shirley Jones and Jean Carne.

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

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

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