Tag Archives: Thom Bell

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-MIGHTY LOVE.

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-MIGHTY LOVE. When The Detroit Spinners signed for Atlantic Records and hooked up with producer Thom Bell there was a huge turnaround in their fortunes. Their first two albums, 1967s The Original Spinners and 2nd Time Around in 1970, hadn’t been commercial a success. Only 2nd Time Around had charted, reaching number 199 …

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THE SPINNERS-COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE.

THE SPINNERS-COULD IT BE I’M FALLING IN LOVE. Forty years ago, on the 9th November 1973, Could It Be I’m Falling In Love, the third single from The Spinners’ third album Spinners, reached number one in the US R&B Charts and number four in  the US Billboard 200. It sold over one million copies and …

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THE O’JAYS IN PHILADELPHIA.

THE O’JAYS IN PHILADELPHIA. When Kenny Gamble saw first saw The O’Jays, they were on the same bill as The Intruders. This was October 1968. The Intruders just had the biggest hit of their career with Cowboys To Girls, which Kenny and Leon Huff cowrote. Despite this, it was The O’Jays that grabbed Kenny’s attention. …

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THE SPINNERS-YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW.

THE SPINNERS-YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. For The Spinners, their 1977 album Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow would mark an end of an era for the group. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow which was rereleased by WEA Japan on 30th April 2013, was Phillip Wynn’s final album as lead singer of The Spinners. This wasn’t the only thing …

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THE SPINNERS-SPINNERS.

THE SPINNERS-SPINNERS. Nineteen years after The Spinners were formed in Detroit in 1954, commercial success and critical acclaim came their way. It had been a long time coming and many groups would’ve walked away from music. Luckily,  The Spinners were made of stronger stuff. Their determination and perseverance was eventually rewarded in 1973, when they released …

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VINCE MONTANA JR-FAREWELL TO A TRUE MUSICAL INNOVATOR.

VINCE MONTANA JR-FAREWELL TO A TRUE MUSICAL INNOVATOR. Vince Montana Jr. who passed away on 13th April 2013, aged eighty-five, was one of the most innovative, influential and pioneering musicians in the history of popular music. However, referring to Vince as a musician is an understatement. He was also a songwriter, conductor, arranger and producer. …

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THE DETROIT SPINNERS-YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW.

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-YESTERDAY, TODAY AND TOMORROW. For The Detroit Spinners, their 1977 album Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow would mark an end of an era for the group. Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow was Phillip Wynn’s final album as lead singer of The Detroit Spinners. This wasn’t the only thing to change. Unlike their five previous studio …

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THE STYLISTICS-ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY.

THE STYLISTICS-ROCKIN’ ROLL BABY. Often, when a group decide to change producer, this can mark a change in their fortunes. This is even more risky when the producer has co-written some of your biggest hits. Forty years ago, The Stylistics were about to release their third album Rockin’ Roll Baby. Their two previous albums, 1971s …

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THE STYLISTICS-ROUND 2.

THE STYLISTICS-ROUND 2. Just under year since The Stylistics released their debut album The Stylistics in November 1972, which was certified gold, and featured five top ten US R&B singles, The Stylistics released their sophomore album Round 2 in October 1973 on Avco Records. Like The Stylistics, it was produced by Thom Bell, who cowrote …

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THE DETROIT SPINNERS-HAPPINESS IS BEING WITH THE SPINNERS.

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-HAPPINESS IS BEING WITH THE SPINNERS. Ever since The Detroit Spinners had signed to Atlantic Records, their fortunes had been transformed. Their 1967 debut album, The Original Spinners, released on Motown, had failed to chart. Three years later, now signed to V.I.P. Records, their 1970 sophomore album 2nd Two Around, saw their fortunes …

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THE STYLISTICS-THE STYLISTICS.

THE STYLISTICS-THE STYLISTICS.  Often, when people mention the Philly Sound, they immediately think of Gamble and Huff. That’s doing a huge disservice to another of the architects of the Philly Sound, Thom Bell. He worked with some of the most successful groups of the Philly Sound. The Detroit Spinners, The Delfonics and The Stylistics were …

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DENIECE WILLIAMS-I’M SO PROUD.

DENIECE WILLIAMS-I’M SO PROUD. Sometimes, the difference an experience and talented producer can make to an artist’s career can’t be underestimated. While everyone has their own examples, Deniece Williams certainly felt this when she first met Thom Bell. Instantly, they realized they were musical soul mates. By that time, Thom Bell was a vastly experienced …

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DENIECE WILLIAMS-NIECY.

DENIECE WILLIAMS-NIECY. From the release of her debut album This Is Niecy in 1976, Deniece Williams embarked on an eight year musical adventure, where she released seven solo albums, two of which were certified gold and one platinum. During that period, Deniece worked with some of the most successful producers of that time. This included …

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THE DELFONICS-LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU.

THE DELFONICS-LA LA MEANS I LOVE YOU. When Stan Watson, manager of The Delfonics, and owner of Philly Groove Records, met novice producer Thom Bell in 1967, this would be the start of a relationship that saw The Delfonics not only pioneer the Philly Sound, but become one of the most successful soul groups of …

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THE DETROIT SPINNERS-PICK OF THE LITTER.

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-PICK OF THE LITTER. Previously, I’ve reviewed a trio of The Detroit Spinners albums, starting with the first  album Thom Bell produced for the group, Spinners, released in April 1973 on Atlantic Records. This was the first album in a series of classic albums from The Detroit Spinners that started in 1973 and …

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THE STYLISTICS-CLOSER THAN CLOSE.

THE STYLISTICS-CLOSER THAN CLOSE. What never ceases to amaze me is how sometimes, a group can go from being one of the biggest and most successful groups in soul music, to almost the forgotten men of soul music. It seems that fame is indeed temporary. Some people may say that form is also temporary, and …

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THE DETROIT SPINNERS-NEW AND IMPROVED.

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-NEW AND IMPROVED. After their two previous albums 1973s Spinners and Mighty Love released in 1974, had reached number one in the US R&B Charts, resulting in both albums being certified gold, when The Detroit Spinners released New and Improved, in December 1974, they hoped to make this a trio of US R&B …

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THE DETROIT SPINNERS-MIGHTY LOVE.

THE DETROIT SPINNERS-MIGHTY LOVE. When The Detroit Spinners signed for Atlantic Records and hooked up with producer Thom Bell there was a huge turnaround in their fortunes. Their first two albums, 1967s The Original Spinners and 2nd Time Around in 1970, hadn’t been commercial a success. Only 2nd Time Around had charted, reaching number 199 …

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THE DELFONICS-TELL ME THIS IS A DREAM.

THE DELFONICS-TELL ME THIS IS A DREAM. Of all the groups that walked through the doors of the Sigma Sound Studio in Philadelphia, The Delfonics were one of the pioneers of the Philly Sound. Under the watchful eye of Thom Bell, one of the triumvirate of producers that  included Gamble and Huff, Thom helped define …

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DENIECE WILLIAMS-MY MELODY.

DENIECE WILLIAMS-MY MELODY. By the time Deniece Williams released her fifth album My Melody in March 1981, she’d already had two of her albums certified Gold in America. When her debut album This Is Niecy was released in August 1976, it reached number thirty-three in the US Billboard 200 and number three in the US …

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