Tag: Kenny Gamble

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Soul Serenade: Linda Creed, Songwriter

“Linda Creed was such a sweet young lady. She started out wanting to be a singer and she wasn’t a bad singer but she was a...

Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes

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Soul Serenade: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”

Alright, I admit it. There’s more Philly Soul covered in this column than music from any other soul capitol. There are a few reasons...

The Ebonys

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Soul Serenade: The Ebonys, “You’re the Reason Why”

The Ebonys had some chart success but never quite got the break they needed to really break through...

The Show Stoppers

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Soul Serenade: The Show Stoppers, “Ain’t Nothin’ But a House Party”

Founded by two brothers of Solomon Burke, this Philadelphia group had to go overseas to find true success...

The Formations

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Soul Serenade: The Formations, “At the Top of the Stairs”

The Formations never had a hit but their records paved the way for the Sound of Philadelphia...

Supremes-Temptations

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Soul Serenade: Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”

In 1969 two of Motown's greatest groups teamed up for a smash single...

Benny Spellman

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Soul Serenade: Benny Spellman, “Lipstick Traces (on a Cigarette)”

Benny Spellman came from Florida but became a legend in New Orleans...

Bunny Sigler

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Soul Serenade: Bunny Sigler, “Let The Good Times Roll & Feel So Good”

A leading figure in the rise of Philly Soul, Bunny Sigler scored his own hit in '67...

People's Choice

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Soul Serenade: People’s Choice, “Do It Any Way You Wanna”

The funky People's Choice scored big in '71 and bigger in '75...

McFadden & Whitehead

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Soul Serenade: McFadden & Whitehead, “Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now”

In 1979 the songwriting and producing team stepped out for a smash of their own...

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Soul Serenade: Gene Chandler, “Groovy Situation”

Gene Chandler's extraordinary career spanned the doo-wop, r&b, soul, and disco eras....

Patty & the Emblems

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Soul Serenade: Patty & The Emblems, “Mixed Up, Shook Up, Girl”

Patty & the Emblems are best remembered for the songwriter who wrote their biggest hit...

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Soul Serenade: Billy Paul, “Me and Mrs. Jones”

Billy Paul's career was not limited to one hit single...

Soul Serenade - Don Covay

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Soul Serenade: Don Covay, “Mercy, Mercy”

Paying tribute to a recently departed soul legend...

Soul Serenade - Freddie Scott (Lonely)

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Soul Serenade: Freddie Scott, “Are You Lonely for Me”

The Pride of Providence scored a big hit in '66...

Soul Serenade - Madeline Bell

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Soul Serenade: Madeline Bell, “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me”

A hit for Madeline Bell that was a bigger hit by a Motown supergroup...

Soul Serenade - Intruders

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Soul Serenade: The Intruders, “(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game”

The Intruders weren't the biggest but they were the first for Gamble & Huff...

Soul Serenade - Jerry Butler

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Soul Serenade: Jerry Butler, “A Brand New Me”

One great song, three great versions. Which is your favorite?...

Soul Serenade - Soul Survivors

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Soul Serenade: Soul Survivors, “Expressway To Your Heart”

"Expressway" started it all for Gamble & Huff...

Soul Serenade - Barbara Mason

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Soul Serenade: Barbara Mason, “Yes, I’m Ready”

Barbara Mason had an early Philly Soul hit in '65...

Wilson Pickett

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Soul Serenade: Wilson Pickett, “Ninety-Nine And A Half (Won’t Do)”

Wilson Pickett had a storied career with Atlantic Records in the '60s....

Candy and the Kisses

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Soul Serenade: Candy & The Kisses, “The 81”

Even in an era of dance crazes not every one took off...

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Soul Serenade: The Intruders, “Together”

The Intruders were one of the most important groups in soul music history....

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Soul Serenade: Archie Bell & The Drells, “Tighten Up”

Archie Bell & the Drells weren't shy about telling you where they were from. Their highly influential hit "Tighten Up" was released in...

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Soul Serenade: The O’Jays, “I’ll Be Sweeter Tomorrow (Than I Was Today)”

The O'Jays are best known as a hit-making trio, but they started as a quintet, and had one of their earliest hits as a quartet....

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Soul Serenade: The Three Degrees, “When Will I See You Again”

The Three Degrees had been around for more than ten years by the time they hit it big in 1974....

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Soul Serenade: Jerry Butler, “Mr. Dream Merchant”

Jerry Butler has had a lot of hits over the course of his illustrious career, but it was a lesser-known 1967 single that found a place in...

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Soul Serenade: Joe Simon, “Drowning In The Sea of Love”

When the conversation turns to great soul singers, Joe Simon's name is not mentioned nearly enough. Ken Shane makes the case for the...

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Jheri Curl Fridays 15: “Living All Alone”

Phyllis Hyman's 1986 hit "Living All Alone" is the subject of this week's Jheri Curl Fridays column....

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Soul Serenade: Teddy Pendergrass, “Live In ’82” (Win the DVD!)

In 1982, Teddy Pendergrass was on top of the music world when he performed in London. A few weeks later, a tragic car accident changed...