Homegrown Philly: 5 World Famous Musicians from the City of Brotherly Love

Joan Jett

On September 22, 1958, the legendary rock-goddess was born in Philadelphia, PA. At the age of 15, Jett erupted into the music scene with the all-girl punk-pop band, The Runaways, giving the music scene a new sound other than disco. She contributed anthems like “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” and founded Blackheart Records.


Jim Croce

The American folk singer, songwriter wrote songs like “Bad, Bad Leroy Brown” and “Time in a Bottle.” He was born on January 10, 1943, in South Philadelphia, PA. Croce was stolen from us in a plane crash in Natchitoches, Louisiana on September 20, 1973, the same day his single “I Got a Name” was released.


Toni Basil

Singer of the world-famous song “Mickey,” was born September 22, 1943, in Philadelphia, PA. Originally, she was known for being a singer-songwriter, actress, and dancer. She started her dancing and choreographing career in 1965 and later started her music career in 1981. Though she had a successful music career, she always returned to her first love; dance.



Born Alecia Beth Moore on September 8, 1979, in Doylestown, PA, Pink is the bad girl of pop music. In 2000, Pink released her first album Can’t Take Me Home which created three To 10 singles “Most Girls”, “You Make Me Sick”, and “There You Go.”

Patti LaBelle

She is known as the queen of rock & soul music. LaBelle was born May 24, 1944 in Philadelphia PA. She started her music career as a part of the Ordettes in 1959, who later became The Bluebelles in 1961. Some of her hits include “Lady Marmalade,” “When You Talk About Love,” and “New Attitude.”

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