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Kenny Gamble: “There Is A Master Plan.”

Source: Jump Philly

Kenny Gamble grew up in South Philadelphia, singing on street corners. He aspired to be a performer but quickly went from the stage to behind the scenes. He and his musical partner Leon Huff went on to produce some of the most well-known music in the world. Today, Kenny Gamble oversees Universal Companies, which aims […]

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Philly’s Got Soul: Our City’s R&B Scene Over the Years

Source: Rock On Philly

Featured Image of Jill Scott by Sandra Alphonse via Flickr

The term R&B, rhythm and blues, was first used by music journalist Jerry Wexler in 1947, shortly after the blues genre began to take hold. Philadelphia began to play a crucial role in propagating the genre in the 60’s with the emergence of Philly Soul music, which largely boasted smooth, melodic instrumentals to support and enhance the more emphasized vocals.

Philadelphia boasted its own record companies to create its signature sounds, the most noteworthy being Philadelphia International Records, which is responsible for producing hits from The Jackson 5 and ...

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