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Song of the day: M.F.S.B.- T.S.O.P.

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In 1973, Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who owned a record label in Philadelphia, wrote a new theme song of the tv-show Soul Train, where quite some of their artists performed their songs. It was an instrumental hit, with vocals from the Three Degrees, who were just added to the label. When it was recorded, Gamble & Huff felt they had a hit. The owner of the tv-show, however, wanted it to be renamed, as Soul Train was his trademark. It was a big mistake: the song became a number 1 hit in the US. Enjoy

MFSB- TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)

Song of the day: Lynn Anderson- Rose Garden

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Before Lynn Anderson recorded this song in 1970, and made a hit out of it (number 3 in the US and the UK), the song had been recorded by several other artists. The first one was the writer of the song, Joe South. After that, several males recorded it and also the Three Degrees tried to make a hit out of it. However, it could have been we never heard the song in Lynn’s version: her husband did not want her to record it, because it was a song for man: women couldn’t buy big diamond rings for their men! It was recorded when there was time left, and after hearing this song, the boss of the record label insisted on making it a single, which became the hit we now know. Enjoy

Lynn Anderson- Rose Garden

Song of the day: The Three Degrees- Dirty Ol’ Man

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A seventies song today, which could be seen as a pre-disco song. It came from Philadelphia, which had its own sound, just like Motown had its own sound. These things helped to create the disco, and this song is a good example of what helped it to develop. I’m not gonna talk about the content of the song, as it is too obvious to discuss. What was suprising to me, was that it never really hit any of the charts. Even in the US R&B chart it stuck to place 58. In the Netherlands, however, this was a real number one hit! (that might have to do with the performance they did on Toppop, which was the Dutch Top of the Pops. I tried to find the movie, but YouTube deleted the account of Toppop, because of a rightsissue…). I hope you enjoy

The Three Degrees- Dirty Ol’ Man