Known as the King of Rock and Soul, Solomon Burke died on Oct. 10, 2010 of natural causes. He created soulful tunes such as, “Cry to Me” and “Tonight’s the Night.”
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With Marvin Gaye, Tammi Terrell has created some of the most memorable, classic black love duets like “Ain’t Nothing Like the Real Thing” and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.” Unfortunately after several operations, Terrell passed away from cancer on March 16, 1970.
Starting off in the R&B girl group, LaBelle (“Lady Marmalade”), Patti LaBelle – known for her powerhouse voice – has created some of the best R&B hits of the 1980s and 1990s, such as “On My Own” and “Somebody Loves You Baby (You Know Who It Is).”
One of Philadelphia soul’s smoothest groups, Blue Magic scored success with the classic R&B hit “Sideshow” – a metaphoric, romantic song.
1974’s “Blue Magic” album cover. Photo courtesy of Atco Records and Rhino Records.
Another one of Philadelphia soul’s leading groups, The Stylistics brought hits like “You Are Everything”, “Betcha by Golly, Wow” – with style. They were created when two Philadelphia groups, The Percussions and The Monarchs combined their talents.
1975’s “The Very Best of The Stylistics.” Photo courtesy of Avco Records.
Credited as one of the signature groups of Philadelphia Soul, The Delfonics created smooth R&B hits like “La-La (Means I Love You),” “Didn’t I (Blow Your Mind This Time)” and “Ready or Not Here I Come (Can’t Hide from Love).”
1970’ds “The Delfonics” album cover. Photo courtesy of Buddha Records.
We all know somebody whom somebody dedicated his signature song to about affair with a married woman. Yes, a married woman. “Me and Mrs. Jones” is Billy Paul’s number one cross over pop hit.
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Known for songs our parents made us listen to, Teddy Pendergrass produced hits like “Close the Door” and “Turn Off the Lights.” Pendergrass died from respiratory failure on January 13, 2010.
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Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Incorporating genres from doo-wop to R&B/soul to disco, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes are known for hits “If You Don’t Know Me by Know” and “The Love I Lost.”
1975’s “To Be True” album cover. Photo courtesy of Philadelphia International.
Hall & Oates
Known for their blue-eyed soul tunes, the duo, Hall & Oates mixed singing with playing instruments while crossing over to the R&B charts with hits like “I Can’t Go for That (No Can Do).”
McFadden & Whitehead
The R&B duo, McFadden & Whitehead, is known for their signature song, “Ain’t No Stoppin Us Now” – frequently used as a theme song in popular culture and also, moving black America with the hit.
Frankie Beverly & Maze
Creators of ‘Silky Soul,’ Frankie Beverly and Maze created number one R&B hits, “Back in Stride” and “Can’t Get Over You.”
DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince
The hip-hop duo was the first hip-hop artists to gain popularity from Philadelphia – producing the first Grammy-award winning hit for best rap performance, “Parents Just Don’t Understand.”
Boyz II Men
As the R&B group who incorporated a classic sound of doo-wop to the early 1990s new jack swing, Boyz II Men’s R&B ballads were some of the biggest number one pop hits of the ‘90s, “End of the Road” and “I’ll Make Love to You.”
Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes
One-third of R&B girl group, TLC, Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes untimely died on April 25, 2002. Left Eye reigned with TLC as the top girl group of 1990s with hits “Waterfalls,” “Creep” and “No Scrubs.”
Known for combining hip-hop and neo-soul, The Roots have released 13 albums since 1987. Saturday, June 4, 201l the Roots are having their 4th Annual Roots Picnic at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing in Philadelphia.
One of the biggest female rappers of late 1990s and 2000s, Eve garnered platinum/multi-platinum success with albums “Let There Be Eve… Ruff Ryders’ First Lady” and “Scorpion.”
Known for his neo-soul tunes of the early 2000s, Musiq Soulchild produced hits “Just Friends (Sunny)” and “Love.”
East Coast rapper, Beanie Sigel, received success with his debut album, “The Truth” – under the Roc-A-Fella label with fellow East Coast rappers Jay-Z and Freeway. The rapper is also for the “State Property” series.
2000’s “The Truth” album cover. Photo Courtesy of Roc-A-Fella and Def Jam.
Living her life like it’s golden, Jill Scott – a poet as well – was discovered by a fellow Philadelphia native, The Roots’ drummer Questlove. Since then, she has become a Grammy-winning neo-soul artist –producing R&B hits like “A Long Walk” and “Hate on Me.”
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Great musicians come from major cities across the globe, and Philadelphia is home to some of the best – from Philly Soul to developing East Coast Hip Hop.
Check out our slideshow highlighting famous black musicians from one of the most prominent cities in black music: Philadelphia.