You never know where the next classic soul record is going to come from. Sure, everyone knows about the great music from Detroit, Memphis, New Orleans, and New York, but how about Allentown, PA?
Allentown may be best known for the song Billy Joel wrote about the town, but years earlier it was the birthplace of a group called Jay & the Techniques who went on to have one of the biggest soul hits of the ’60s.
The primary founder of the group was Jay Proctor, and it was their debut single on Smash Records in 1967 that caused all the ruckus. “Apples, Peaches, Pumpkin Pie”definitely falls into the category of pop soul, but its power to appeal to a wide demographic was enough to rocket the single to #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The record sold over a million copies and the group was awarded a Gold Record.