“TSOP”, this is the title of this masterpiece. It means “The Sound Of Philadelphia”. This song was written by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff as the theme for the American musical television program “Soul Train” and it was performed by MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother). MFSB was an ensemble of more than thirty studio musicians based at Philadelphia’s Sigma Sound Studios. I can’t list all the members, it will be too long but some of them were : Earl Young (drums), Roland L. Chambers III (guitar), Bobby Eli (guitar), Lenny Pakula, Leon Huff (keyboards), Thom Bell (Keyboards), etc.
In 1974, it became a number one hit and the same year, this band was the winner of the Grammy for Best R&B Instrumental Performance. There was featuring vocals by The Three Degrees.
This song was released on the Philadelphia International label. This piece is almost instrumental but you can listen to the featuring vocals of the Three Degrees.
“TSOP” was a hit number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1974 and remained there for two weeks.
If you like this piece, you can find out the albums of the band :
MFSB (Philadelphia International 1973)
Love Is The Message (Philadelphia International 1974)
Universal Love (Philadelphia international 1975)
Philadelphia Freedom! (Philadelphia International 1975)
Summertime (Philadelphia International 1976)
The End Of Phase 1 (Philadelphia International 1977)
The Gamble-Huff Orchestra (Philadelphia International 1979)
Mysteries Of The World (Philadelphia International 1981)
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