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On this day in music history: April 20, 1974 - “TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” by MFSB Featuring The Three Degrees hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 2 weeks, topping the R&B singles chart for 1 week on the same date, and topping the Adult Contemporary chart for 2 weeks on May 4, 1974. Written and produced by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, it is the biggest hit for the studio collective that serves the house band Philadelphia International Records, and for a number of other “Philly Soul” artists. The song is a track from “Love Is The Message”, the second album by the studio band which at various times contains as many as forty members. The song will also feature vocals by the female vocal trio The Three Degrees “When Will I See You Again”, “Dirty Ol’ Man”) which features Fayette Pinkney, Sheila Ferguson, and Valerie Holiday. “TSOP” will go on to achieve worldwide notoriety when it is used as the theme for the hit music show “Soul Train” from 1973 to 1975. Entering the Hot 100 at #65 on March 2, 1974, it will rocket to the top of the chart seven weeks later. A second version of the song will be included on The Three Degrees album “International” which is an extended version of the track used as the “Soul Train Theme”. The single will win a Grammy Award for Best R&B Instrumental Performance in 1975. ”TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)” is certified Gold in the US by the RIAA.
Smokey Robinson - Ooh Baby Baby
"There’ll Never Be Another You"
by The Stylistics
1978 In Fashion
Anita Baker - Caught Up In The Rapture
Technotronic - “Pump Up The Jam”
The Charlie Parker Quintet
unknown yr. recorded (1947/48)
alto saxophone - Charlie Parker
double bass - Curly Russell
drums Max Roach
piano John lewis
trumpet - Miles Davis
Inmates in at least one Alabama correctional facility are planning a prison-wide work stoppage that threatens to bring production to a halt over pay and court conditions, according to an inmate who spoke to reporters from his cell.
The strike was organized inside St. Clair County Correctional Facility in Springville, Alabama by members of the Free Alabama Movement. The group – loosely made up of inmates at St. Clair and other Alabama penitentiaries – alleges that prison jobs initially designed to help fill convicts’ days and give them a sense of pride behind bars have effectively been turned into a kind of slave labor for Alabama officials.
“We decided that the only weapon or strategy…that we have is our labor, because that’s the only reason that we’re here,” Melvin Ray, a St. Clair inmate and the founder of the Free Alabama Movement, toldSalon. “They’ve incarcerated people for the free labor.”
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