Song of the Day: MFSB, “TSOP” #rmf

If you watched Soul Train in the ’70’s, you’re bound to recognize this. Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff wrote it as the theme song for the show, and MFSB (the house band at Philadelphia International) played it, with the lovely ladies from The Three Degrees doing the vocal. Don Cornelius, host and producer of Soul Train, forbade Gamble and Huff from making any reference to the show in the title, so Gamble and Huff renamed it "TSOP" ("The Sound of Philadelphia") and released it as a single. It reached #1 on the Hot 100, Adult Contemporary, and Soul/R&B charts in the US as well as #1 in Canada, #3 in Switzerland and #5 in Germany.

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    1. One of our TV stations in Chicago used to run “Soul Train” episodes all Saturday afternoon, so I’d hear this all the time, even before it was released as a single.


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