Tag: Thom Bell

Dee Dee Sharp

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Dee Dee Sharp, “Ride!”

Some glorious Philadelphia soul preceded the glory years of Philly Soul...

The Delfonics

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Delfonics, “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide From Love)”

Do you remember when you first fell in love with Philly Soul? For me, it was in 1968 because that was the year when the Delfonics’...

The Ebonys

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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...

Bunny Sigler

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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...

McFadden & Whitehead

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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...

Ronnie Dyson

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Ronnie Dyson, “When You Get Right Down To It”

Ronnie Dyson was a star of stage, screen, and the music charts who was lost too soon...

The Intrigues

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Intrigues, “In A Moment”

Working with Philly Soul legend Thom Bell the Intrigues had their biggest hit...

Dionne Warwicke and Spinners

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Dionne Warwicke and Spinners, “Then Came You”

Yes, you’re reading that title correctly. For a few years in the ’70s, Dionne Warwick added that ‘e’ to the end of...

Soul Serenade - New York City

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: New York City, “I’m Doin’ Fine Now”

New York City had one big hit and a history of legendary connections...

Brenda & the Tabulations

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Brenda & The Tabulations, “Dry Your Eyes”

The sweet sound of early Philly Soul raced up the charts in '67...

Soul Serenade - Jerry Butler

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

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

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

The Stylistics

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Stylistics, “Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)”

"Stop, Look, Listen" began a chart roll for the team of the Stylistics and producer Thom Bell...

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Spinners, “Mighty Love”

The Spinners had a remarkable run of hit singles with lead singer Philippe Wynne and producer Thom Bell....

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: Stevie Wonder, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours”

We lost Funk Brother Bob Babbitt this week, He played on countless Motown hits, including this Stevie Wonder classic....

AM Gold: 1974

Digging for Gold, Music

Digging for Gold: The Time-Life “AM Gold” Series, Part 51

If there was any doubt that disco was quickly gaining traction in America in 1974, witness two of the three chart-topping songs highlighted...

Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade (At Two): The Delfonics, “I Gave To You”

The Delfonics left us with many indelible hits, but it's a more obscure B-side that Ken Shane recalls as he celebrates the second birthday...

Jheri Curl Fridays, Music

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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Ken Shane's Soul Serenade, Music

Soul Serenade: The Delfonics, “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)

Working with producer Thom Bell, the Delfonics hit the charts with a string of unforgettable singles, including 1970's "Didn't I (Blow Your...

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CD Reviews, Music

CD Review: Human Nature, “Reach Out”

“In the style of the boy-band vocal bands of the time, Human Nature became Australia’s most successful pop group of the...

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Current Events, Music, Sugar Water

Sugar Water: Seeing Red About Seeing Stars

I’m a day late with this week’s post, but I’m not going to apologize. Apologies are for suckers. And one of those suckers...