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Watch Your Step - The Soulful Roots of Philadelphia Soul 1959-1962

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Watch Your Step - The Soulful Roots of Philadelphia Soul 1959-1962
Watch Your Step - The Soulful Roots of Philadelphia Soul 1959-1962


In 2021 Philadelphia International, perhaps second only to Motown as one of the best-known labels the world has ever known, is celebrating its 50th Anniversary. It seems therefore appropriate to look at Philadelphia's R&B, Doo wop and early soul roots that inspired Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff to stop performing and form their own record labels in the mid-60s.

The city was home to a great many labels who helped to usher in the sound of what came to be called soul music, Cameo Parkway, V-Tone, Swan and Heritage are all represented. The talent that emerged on these labels left an indelible impression on the development of soul music and include: Garnet Mimms (in The Gainors); Bobby Parker; The Orlons; Dee Dee Sharp; Don Covay and Lee Andrews.

Here are 29 proto soul tracks by some of the greatest artists to have emerged from the city of Philadelphia.

Includes fully detailed liner notes.


  1. Name
  2. Little Joe And The Thrillers - Peanuts
  3. Bobby Peterson Quintet - The Hunch
  4. The Blue Notes - My Hero
  5. Chubby Checker - The Twist
  6. Bobby Peterson - Irresistible You
  7. The Dreamlovers - When We Get Married
  8. Bernard Byers - No Time To Cry
  9. Bobby Parker - Watch Your Step
  10. Bobby Parker - Steal Your Heart Away
  11. The Gainors - This Is A Perfect Moment
  12. The Gainors - Tell Him
  13. Lee Andrews - You Gave To Me
  14. Lee Andrews And The Hearts - A Night Like Tonight
  15. The Dreamlovers - If I Should Lose You
  16. Farris Hill & The Madison Brothers - Did We Go Steady Too Soon
  17. Jimmy Dee & His Universals - (In My Heart) You'll Always Remain
  18. Jimmy Dee &The Universals - If It Wasn't For Pride
  19. Big Boy Myles - She's So Fine
  20. Dee Dee Sharp - Mashed Potato Time
  21. The Orlons - The Wah-Watusi
  22. Dee Dee Sharp - Ride!
  23. The Orlons - Don't Hang Up
  24. Don Covay - The Popeye Waddle
  25. Teddy And The Twilights - I'm Just Your Clown
  26. Mark Valentino - The Push And Kick
  27. The Sherrys - Pop Pop Pop-Pie
  28. Teddy & The Twilights - Woman Is A Man's Best Friend
  29. The Blue-Belles - I Sold My Heart To The Junkman
  30. Claudine Clark - Party Lights
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