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Love Train 4

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 23 - 2009

In this episode, PIR artist Jean Carne describes the Philly sound as one that made you want to dance with its grooves, and was filled with positive lyrical messages as well.

“If you sing with emotion, the better the audience will love you.  And I wanted to be loved” – Bunny “Mr. Emotions” Sigler, who Gamble and Huff found in their now exhaustive talent-search.  As the label worked with an ever increasing number of artists, its songwriters now included Linda Creed and Thom Bell, and Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, who kept the love train rolling along with in its distinctive style of great music and positive messages.

Songs Included:  ”TSOP” (MFSB); “Picture Us” (Bunny Sigler); “Sunshine” (The O’Jays); “Bad Luck” (Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes)

Producer:  Joyride Media

Recommended:  Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia Concert DVD

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Love Train 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 16 - 2009

Philadelphia International takes over the airwaves of the 70s: the incredible O’Jays are featured in this podcast, with founding member Walter WIlliams, who talks about growing up with Eddie Levert in Ohio, where they were REQUIRED to sing gospel.  After an encounter with Gamble and Huff during and Intruders show at the Apollo Theatre, The O’Jays joined Philadelphia International as the label hit its creative and commercial peak.  Gamble and Huff showed their prowess with established artists (The Spinners, Lou Rawls and Denice Williams) and with new groups such as The Three Degrees, as part of a Motown-like string of hits.
Songs included in this podcast:

“For the love of Money” “Backstabbers” (O’Jays) “Then Came You” (The Spinners featuring Dionne Warwick) “Gonna Take a Miracle” (Denice Williams) “Enjoy Yourself” (The Jacksons) “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” “When Will I See You Again?” (The Three Degrees)

Producer:  Joyride Media

Recommended:  Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia Concert DVD

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Love Train 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 9 - 2009

As introduced by the host, Jeff Foxx, Philly International’s biggest hits were filled with lush strings and beautiful horns from their house orchestra, MFSB.  Gamble & Huff recall what they remember about the arrangements, and call out many of the people who were responsible for these recordings.  Members of the Delfonics discuss Thom Bell’s arrangements of their early hits like “Ready or Not” and “La La La La La Means I love You.”  We also hear from Russel Tompkins, Jr of the Stylistics.

Producer:  Joyride Media

Recommended:  Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia Concert DVD

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Love Train 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On February - 2 - 2009

Our Black History Month series continues with the first of four pieces on the great artists of Philly International Records.

Producer:  Joyride Media

Recommended:  Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia Concert DVD

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Philly International Records Radio Hour Part 3

Posted by Legacy Recordings On March - 31 - 2008

Gamble and Huff share their “formula for success” in the music business. According to these industry legends, it all comes down the need to “feel it” and never “force it.” They also discuss how community involvement has always been intergral to their marketing strategies. Teddy Pendergrass, one of the finest voices from the Philly International roster, also chimes in about his experiences with Gamble & Huff.

Producer: Joyride Media

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Philly International Records Radio Hour Part 2

Posted by Legacy Recordings On March - 25 - 2008

Gamble and Huff explain their songwriting process, and how they decided which artist would perform each would-be hit. As an example, Gamble & Huff and Billy Paul recall the origins of their classic “Me and Mrs. Jones,” how Paul was chosen to sing it, and one of his first experience performing it live. We’ll also hear an excerpt of the MFSB classic “TSOP,” which was originally written as the theme for “Soul Train.”

Producer: Joyride Media

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Philly International Records Radio Hour Part 1

Posted by Legacy Recordings On March - 18 - 2008

In this segment, we are introduced to 2008 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff as they recount their early days on the Philadelphia music scene and one of their first big national hits as songwriters/producers – “Cowboys to Girls” by The Intruders. Gamble and Huff also discuss their what inspired them to start Philadelphia International Records and how they immediately struck gold with The O’Jays first hits “Love Train” and “For the Love of Money.”

Producer: Joyride Media

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