Tag Archives: Sweethearts of Sigma

DEXTER WANSEL-VOYAGER.

DEXTER WANSEL-VOYAGER. For any label, losing many members of their house-band, plus some of their best songwriters, arrangers and producers could’ve proved fatal. This is what happened at Philadelphia International Records in 1975. Many of M.F.S.B. were locked in a dispute with Gamble and Huff over money. When the dispute couldn’t be resolved many of …

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M.F.S.B.-PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM.

M.F.S.B.-PHILADELPHIA FREEDOM. Often, when I’m either writing about Philadelphia International Records or Salsoul Records, I mention M.F.S.B. Philadelphia International Records’ legendary house-band. M.F.S.B.’s role in the Philly Sound can’t be underestimated. They played on literally every album the influenced and shaped what became known as the Philly Sound. Whether it was working with Thom Bell …

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JACKIE MOORE-WITH YOUR LOVE.

JACKIE MOORE-WITH YOUR LOVE. It was during the recording sessions for Jackie Moore’s 1973 album Sweet Charlie Babe that Jackie first met Philly guitarist and producer Bobby Eli. In 1973, Bobby was a member of M.F.S.B., Philadelphia International Records’ legendary house band. Two years later, after a dispute over money, Bobby Eli and other members …

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JERRY BUTLER-NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU LIKE I DO.

JERRY BUTLER-NOTHING SAYS I LOVE YOU LIKE I DO. When Jerry Butler signed to Philadelphia International Records in 1978, it was a homecoming of sorts. Seven years previously, in 1971, Gamble and Huff and Jerry Butler ended what had been a fruitful working relationship. Now seven years later, the three men were older and wiser. …

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CHARO AND THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA-CUCHI-CUCHI.

CHARO AND THE SALSOUL ORCHESTRA-CUCHI-CUCHI. Having been discovered by bandleader Xavier Cugat Maria del Rosario Mercedes Pilar Martinez Molina Baeza, or Charo as she became, went on to become one of the highest paid performers in America during the early seventies. Reputedly, actress, singer and guitarist Charo was paid as much as Rat Pack members …

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LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY-LOLEATTA.

LOLEATTA HOLLOWAY-LOLEATTA. Recently, when I reviewed Carol Williams’ ‘Lectric Lady, I referred to Carol as the First Lady of Salsoul, as she was the first female artist to sign to Salsoul Records. Now while Carol Williams was the First Lady of Salsoul, Loleatta Holloway was the undisputed Queen of Salsoul. I’d go further and say …

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SALSOUL ENCORE.

SALSOUL ENCORE. As regular readers of this blog will realized by now, I’m a huge fan of all things Salsoul and really pleased that soon, BBR Records will be releasing their first batch of rereleases of Salsoul’s back catalogue. In the lead up to Salsoul’s back-catalogue received its overdue rerelease, I’ve been revisiting several of …

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