1945 – Billboard magazine begins listing a top albums chart. The first #1 was The Nat King Cole Trio.
1939 – Frank Sinatra makes his first recording, a song called “Our Love,” with the Frank Mane band.
Happy Valentine’s Day. Here’s ten great classic songs to celebrate the day, from some legendary Philly artists including The Delfonics, Teddy Pendergrass, Hall & Oates, Patti Labelle and others. Continue reading →
From the opening beat, this new video from Philly Rapper Citizen Xavier hooks you in. The music in “Left + Right” strikes a smooth tone not unlike late 80s / early 90s faves Erik B & Rakim and The Pharcyde, and then rides it as the video gives a tour of the sights of Philadelphia – from backyard barbeques and graffiti-covered school buildings to the Art Museum steps. You can probably attribute some of that smoothness to the prominent sample of Teddy Pendergrass’ “Come Go With Me.” Compare Xavier’s song with its source material in the videos below, and download a free mp3 of “Left + Right” here.
Time-Life’s recently released The Best Of Soul Train three-disc DVD set is filled with some classic booty-shaking performances, including a few that became exemplary of “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)”. Check out Teddy Pendergrass’s sideburns and The Blue Notes’ costumes—but mostly just groove to these incredible songs that still remain fresh.