In recognition of Black History Month, our Mini Concert Series will feature the music and artist who were the cornerstone of the Philadelphia International Record Label.
Philadelphia International Records, founded by writer-producers, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971. It was famous for showcasing the sub-genre of Philadelphia Soul Music with hits worldwide during the 1970’s.
The Main anchors of the label were The O’Jay’s, and included Harold Melvyn & The Blue Notes (featuring Teddy Pendergrass), Lou Rawls, The Three Degrees, Billy Paul, to name a few.
Some of the labels notable hits included, “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” by MFSB, featuring The Three Degrees, 1974 (which was later adopted as the theme of the TV dance-music show “Soul Train”),
“Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now” by McFadden & Whitehead in 1979; “Backstabbers” and “Love Train” by The O’Jays, 1972 and ’73;
“If You Don’t Know Me By Now” and “The Love I Lost” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, 1972 and ’73; “Me And Mrs Jones” by Billy Paul in 1972 and the list continues. So I invite you to tune in and check out some of your favorite songs and artists from TSOP, “The Sound Of Philadelphia”.
Now my “Pick Hit” for the week is from Boney James featuring Raheem DeVaughn, titled “Maker Of Love”.
Check it out and let me know your thoughts.
You can check out the Weekend Review this Saturday evening on Sirius X/M Channel 141 from 6pm to 8pm with the Mini Concert starting in the 7pm hour. We will rebroadcast the show Sunday morning on WHUR – 96.3 from 12midnight to 2am (Mini Concert starts in the 1am hour)