Remembering Three Degrees and The Sound of Philadelphia

On this day, April 14, 1974, three ladies from Philadelphia topped the Billboard charts with their song, “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia).” Their name was the Three Degrees and they were part of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s MFSB (Mothers, Fathers, Sisters, and Brothers). Gamble and Huff had created a sound so unique that it became known as The Philadelphia Sound. It was a mix of funk, strings, and of course, the horns. During this time in 1974, Philadelphia International Records was growing fast and becoming well-known throughout the music community. The Sound of Philadelphia theme song was the epitome of their success. The song became so popular that a new show decided to use the song as its theme song which later became known as Soul Train. So, the next time, you are watching a re-run of Soul Train, just remember, it wasn’t just a hit, it was from Philly.

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