Thursday, May 29, 2008

Old School Friday #15 "Philly Soul"

You Know What It Is!!!!
It is...FRIDAY!! Which is my favorite day of the week because I get to post my "Old School Friday" Picks! In case you are new around these parts and don't know what "Old School Friday" is, well it is grown folks MUSIC! Yes we post some music that comes from some time before 2000, (hopefully) to relive some memories, and to educate or just entertain each other.
Ms Grapevine and MarvalusOne have teamed up to create a meme titled Old School Friday and since I love my music I had to sign up to join! If you want to join in the Old School Fun then go HERE for the guidelines.

The theme for this week ,

"Philly Soul"

Humm, This Philly Soul theme is going to be HOT today!! I have to be true to "Old School" with this one, so I have to post singers from when I was growing up! The 70's was an awesome era for music! I bet the other participants will have a hard time posting 1 or 2 picks with this theme, I could have posted at least 20!!

Here are the other "Old School Friday" participants:

- Electronic Village - Fresh And Fab -

- Ms Grapevine -Quick -Marcus LANGFORD

- Cassandra - Danielle - iriegal -Hagar's Daughter - Lisa C

-Chocl8t - DP - Dallassouth - Kreative Talk

-Marvalus One - Regina - Vivrant Thing

-AJ - Sharon - The Creole Pimp - Invisible Woman

-Beleiver 1964 - - SJP - sHaE-sHaE


So my FIRST pick for today's theme is Norman Connors. Norman Connors was born March 1st 1947, in Philadelphia Pennsylvania. If this man doesn't ooze Philly Soul than I don't know who does!! I personally LOVE this song. This is Old School BABY MAKING music!! (y'all don't know nothing about this...)

Norman Connors - You Are My Starship

So now that I got the SEXY out of the way... My real focus for today's theme is Gambel & Huff and TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)! Gambel & Huff got together and made magic in the 70's and with songs from HIT MAKERS like Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, The O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Billy Paul and many more! The now defunct Philadelphia International Record Label, which was started 1971 is credited with multiple hits.

The Sound Of Philadelphia (TSOP)

Now that you have your intro, my artists picks are...
The LEGENDARY O'Jays! How can you talk about Philly soul and not talk about the O'Jays? They lent songs to the soundtrack of my life like "Stairway To Heaven"; "Forever Mine"; "Family Reunion" and "Cry Together".
O'Jays - Stairway To Heaven

Jean Carne was born in Columbus Georgia but did a lot of state and label hopping. In her travels she spent some time at Philadelphia International and while there she released this mild hit...
Jean Carne - Don't Let It Go To Your Head Now

This next group reps Houston Texas, BUT they were also signed to the Philadelphia International Record Label.
Archie Bell & The Drells - Tighten Up

Last but not least, what would Philly Soul be with out this next group? This is how you tell someone that you miss them! There is NOTHING out there today that even comes close to the emotion and intensity of this song...
Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - I Miss You

Whew, now THAT was fun! I think I wore Youtube out this week!
Happy OSF! Peace & Love!!

16 People Saying Something!

Rozella 30 May, 2008 06:52

Wow...insanely great music. I love this kinda music the most :)

And don't worry, I wear out Youtube all the time too! Hehehe

ShAĆ© - ShAĆ© 30 May, 2008 08:18

Such good music coming out of Philly. You know you picked some fierce songs. :o)

Danielle 30 May, 2008 11:31

You outdid yourself Regina! This is a great day in OSF.

MrsGrapevine 30 May, 2008 11:45

You did get carried away, where should I start. Starship is the're right you can't mention Philly without talking about the O'Jays. I don't know anything about Archie Bell and the Drells. I like the band, but I don't know about Archie.

Hagar's Daughter 30 May, 2008 12:21

Never too much, Regina. Wasn't this a really good theme? I knew you would not disappoint. Great choices every single one of them. Now I have to listen to Tighten Up one more again - lol!

Happy OSF

MsMarvalus 30 May, 2008 13:08


OK, I'm done yelling! I love Fridays!!!

Do it, it!

Vivrant Thang 30 May, 2008 13:27

Was wondering if anyone else was going to pick up on the Gamble and Huff. Great stuff!

Girrrrlll you did not put Starship on here! Ooohhhh weeeeeee! That is my jam! LOL! And Conya Doss is FIRE on this remake. Check it out on You Tube.

You did your thing New Yorker!

(¯`·._.·[***Fresh&Fab***]·._.·´¯) 30 May, 2008 15:41

everyone is picking the ojays, fantastic choices 30 May, 2008 15:48

Hi, Just stopping by to say Hello!! I am a new Great Grandma again!! Marcello Janvani was born yesterday and he weighed 8 pounds and 5oz. He was a big boy!! They have a little girl who will be 3 in August and Kevin is 11 months and now a new baby!!! They will have their hands full for sure!!! Love and hugs Grams

Quick 30 May, 2008 16:12

Stair way to heaven is just a timeless song! Great theme, and happy OSF


You've got quite a many video/songs goin' on over here Regina :-]

I love 'Starship', but my favorite song in your lineup is definitely Jean Carne's 'Don't Let It Go To Your Head'...this is one of my favorite tunes by her.

After seeing your line-up Regina, I had no idea these artists all came from the Philly area; I learn something new e'ryday sis!

:::Marcus LANGFORD:::

SjP 30 May, 2008 16:43

Thanks for posting Norman and Starship! I love that cut...takes me back! SjP

Shelia 30 May, 2008 23:09

Girl you took me straight back to a place and time with Norman Connors' Starship. Ohhhhh!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Believer 1964 31 May, 2008 03:23

I remember the first time I heard Tighten Up. Classic!

jjbrock 31 May, 2008 21:31

Regina I love anything by the O Jay's and stairway to heaven and family reunion is another one. Girl you have got it going on with Archie Bell and the Drells.

Georgia's Angels

Hi Regina,
I've been reading your blog,love the things you stand for. I remember the Ojay's first hit (stand in for love) talk about getting your grind on, my mother would have beat me good. lol I'm standing her trying to show my granddaughter how to do the tighten up, my knee's will pay later. The Drells wow my brother and i use to go to parties and dance as a team. (I just can't stop dancing ) was his favorite archie & the drells song. I lost him to AIDS in 1996, i have a dance every year to raise funds for awareness the week before world AIDS day. The DJ who grew up with us always plays that song and i dance with my brother in my heart.
Thanks for a great memory. If you want to hear a great Ojay song go to utube and look for stand in for love.

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