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Philadelphia International Records

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Philadelphia International Records 101 - 50th Anniversary (Episode 7)

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Philadelphia International Records 101 - The Sound of Philadelphia (Episode 1)

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Philadelphia International Records 101 - Women of P.I.R. (Episode 3)

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Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - The Love I Lost (Official Soul Train Video)

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Philadelphia International Records 101 - Thom Bell (Episode 6)

Philadelphia International Records (PIR) is an American record label based in Philadelphia. It was founded in 1971 by the writer-producer duo, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, along with their long time collaborator Thom Bell. It was famous for showcasing the Philadelphia soul music genre that was founded on the gospel, doo-wop, and soul music of the time. This Philly Soul sound later became a prominent and distinct era within R&B itself. During the 1970s the label released a string of worldwide hits which emphasized lavish orchestral instrumentation, heavy bass, and driving percussion.
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  • Beginning and success 

  • Later period 

  • Philly Soul 

  • Discography