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Donwill’s Don Cusack In High Fidelity can be downloaded here.
Co-Founder, Philadelphia International Records
Sound of Philadelphia Recording Engineer; founder of Sigma Sound Studios
WXPN Asst. Station Manager, Programming
Akina Adderly & the Vintage Playboys
CHRIS M. JUNIOR Contributing Editor, Goldmine Magazine
This year marks the 40th anniversary of Philadelphia International Records (PIR), one of the most successful African-American owned record labels of all time, which has given the City of Brotherly Love a label to call its own, like Motown was to Detroit and Stax was to Memphis. PIR produced a distinct, successful brand of R&B/soul with sophisticated, seductive, string-laden music that often carried poignant messages. Philadelphia International’s Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff created what “people all over the world” know as “The Sound of Philadelphia,” making stars of The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and Billy Paul during the 1970s and playing a key role in reviving the careers of The Jacksons, Lou Rawls and Jerry Butler.