Many years before Saturday Night Fever brought Disco music to the world there was a group of producers and artists creating a sound that became widely known as the Philadelphia Sound. Surely this new sound was a step away from the Motown years in Detroit or the Stax Soul sound coming out of Memphis.
Philly Soul brought lush strings, soulful vocals and large orchestral arrangements into dance music and as such constructed the foundations for the '70s Disco music of later years.
Here is a list of early Philadelphia titles and some that were influenced by the sound coming out of the City of Brotherly Love. Many are obscure now and long forgotten so I have compiled a list of 10 personal favorites, not the obvious well known titles by Philadelphia artists like Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes, Billy Paul, Three Degrees or O'Jays. A few titles on this list may not have that typical lush production that typifies the Philadelphia Sound, but the style and sweet vocals of Otis Leavill or Ultra High Frequency for instance surely fit the genre.
Any more lovers of those early Discotheque tunes?
Above originally submitted by DiscoMusic.com member: