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Black Music Month - Philly Edition

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    Most of The Delfonics' hit records were produced by the legendary Philadelphia producer Thom Bell.
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    During his career Lou Rawls sold over 40 million and released over 60 different records.
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    Teddy Pendergrass began his career as a drummer for Philadelphia bands until Harold Melvin heard him sing and appointed him lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.
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    McFadden and Whitehead began their career as singers for Otis Redding and worked with him until his death. After Redding's death they began to work with Gamble and Huff and the TSOP.
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    Jerry Butler collaborated with Gamble and Huff and co-produced an album for Dee-Dee Sharp Gamble entitled "Dee Dee" in 1981.
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    Patti was the lead singer of the group Patti Labelle and the Bluebells for 16 years and only started her solo career after the group dissolved.
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    The music that The Intruders created in collaboration with Gamble and Huff has been called the foundation of The Sound of Philadelphia and helped to launch Philadelphia International Records.
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    Billy Paul's album "Later Still, Going East" was the first album to be released on the Philadelphia International Records Label in 1971.
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    Archie Bell and The Drells' first album entitled "I Can't Stop Dancing" took the 28 spot on the Billboard R&B Charts in 1969 and cemented their place on the TSOP roster.
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    The Jacksons signed with Philadelphia International after departing Motown. They created hits such as "Enjoy Yourself" and "Goin' Places" while working with Gamble and Huff.
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    "Backstabbers", written by Gamble and Huff, gave The O'Jays their first million selling record in 1972.
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    Phyllis Hyman was signed to Philadelphia International when she released the album "Prime of My Life" in 1991. The album garnered her a first R&B and Billboard Top 100 hit.
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    The Stylistics singed to Philadelphia International Records in 1980 and with the help of Gamble, Huff, and Thom Bell created hits like "Hurry Up This Time Again".