To this day, PIR artists like The O’Jays, the late, great Teddy Pendergrass and Lou Rawls are African-American treasures. Special guest appearances. The Philadelphia Soul were a professional arena football team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and competed in the Arena Football League (AFL). Some critics bump Philly Soul down a notch from Motown and Stax, claiming its well-polished sound was also saccharine and dispassionate. Although Berry Gordy shied away from political statements, especially in the music itself, Motown’s success still spoke volumes. While they had several vocalists, their biggest hits… Bunny Sigler. The 1960s were a turbulent time but also a time when pop music offered an escape from harsh realities and Motown provided some of that soundtrack. Philly Soul had Teddy Pendergrass, Phyllis Hyman, The O-Jays and so on. The pinnacle of Philadelphia’s second musical coming came about when Joe Tarsia purchased a building on N 12th St just round the corner from 309 Broad St (the old Cameo Studio). And while Philadelphia is a musical city that’s extremely important to American history; it does not represent what Detroit does. Soultracks Motown VS Philly. hosted on Motown actually helped pave the way for PIR’s success. by Serge Van Brakel Follow. A strong argument could be made for Philadelphia. My parents, having grown up in Philly during the 1950s and 1960s, told me stories during my childhood about spending time on South Street, yet the iteration Boyz II Men encountered in the '80s and '90s, as well as the one I personally visited in the '90s and 2000s, was vastly different from the center of the counterculture movement decades earlier. Thanks largely to Gamble and Huff, Philadelphia’s musical legacy continues on, with Jill Scott, The Roots and Musiq Soulchild serving as its modern day ambassadors. But, like Motown and Stax, it had a major impact beyond its own homegrown “sound” and dance hits by Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, Bobby Rydell, the Dovels and the Orlons. Much of that difference speaks to how Berry Gordy approached the music business. Ex-Drifter Roy Hemmings has merged three American labels to mix a concert overspilling with a soulful sixties sound. Motown the Musical Tuesday, January 6 through Sunday, January 18 Times vary | $20-140.50 Academy of Music 240 S. Broad St. (215) 893-1999 Aubrey Nagle A unique sound of music that rose as Motown's influence began to decline. 11:16. The two great labels of American soul and R&B. Moderator: Michael D. Dinwiddie (New York University/Gallatin) Panelists: Dyana Williams (RadioOne) and Will Coloan (Music Curator) Gamble & Huff: A… Philadelphia’s relatively short-lived (1956-1967) Cameo-Parkway label never got the attention of contemporaneous labels like Motown, Chess, Stax, Scepter/Wand or Excello. The City of Brotherly Love joined Detroit, the home of Motown, and Memphis, the home of Stax Records, as sanctuaries of soul. PIR was a new label in the seventies and Motown was a new label in the sixties. The automobile changed the nation and the world on so many levels. The 1970s, on the other hand, were a little more brooding. Bring The Motown Sound to your event with songs like "What's Going On," "My Girl," and "Superstition." This Monday night in LA, I’ll be rocking alongside my Philly fam Sonny James, DJ Expo and DJ Jedi for a special MoM LA event as we two soulful heavy weight cities collide for an incredible night of music. Note that even Motown released some singles in "Philly style"! Soul Champs Showdown: Philly vs. Motown will bring the best from Philly (Philadelphia International Records, Arctic, Philly Groove) and Motown (Tamla, SOUL, V.I.P) … Best of Motown, Soul & Philly – The Remixes A tribute to the best and beautiful tunes of Motown, Soul & The Sound of Philadelphia in a 70 minutes cardio mix! The duo first struck gold in the late Sixties on Atlantic, creating such classics as The Soul Survivors' "Expressway To Your Heart," The Intruders' "Cowboys To Girls," and Jerry Butler's "Only The Strong Survive."