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MFSB (short for, officially, "Mother, Father, Sister, Brother", although some claimed that it actually stood for "Mother Fuckin' SonovaBitch", according to the book Last Night A DJ Saved My Life [Bill Brewster and Frank Broughton, Grove Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8021-3688-5]) were a loose conglomeration of studio musicians who provided backing tracks for dozens of seminal Philadelphia soul recordings in the 1970s, and later released successful songs and albums as a standalone recording act. The International Standard Book Number, or ISBN (sometimes pronounced is-ben), is a unique identifier for books, intended to be used commercially. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center City, State Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Wild card titles none Division titles none Conference titles none ArenaBowl championships none For the music genre, see Philadelphia soul. ... The 1970s in its most obvious sense refers to the decade between 1970 and 1979. ...


Assembled by the production team of Gamble & Huff, MFSB was the house band for their Philadelphia International Records label and provided the signature smooth Philadelphia sound for many acts including the O'Jays, The Spinners, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and The Stylistics. Kenneth Gamble (born on August 11, 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) and Leon Huff (born in 1942 in Camden, New Jersey) are an American songwriting and record production team. ... Philadelphia International Records is a record label founded by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971. ... The OJays were a 1970s Philadelphia soul group, originally consisting of Walter Williams, Bill Isles, Bobby Massey, William Powell and Eddie Levert. ... The Spinners are a Detroit, Michigan -based soul band popular in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. ... The Stylistics are one of the most well-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ...


In 1974, Philadelphia International released an instrumental track which had been recorded by the band as the theme for the television show Soul Train as a single. The record, titled "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)" was a hit on both the pop and R&B charts, and launched a recording career for the band under their own name. MFSB albums and singles were released for the rest of the decade, and their material later served as ample material for sampling by hip-hop musicians. 1974 (MCMLXXIV) is a common year starting on Tuesday (click on link for calendar). ... Soul Train is a long-running American music-related syndicated television program. ... TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia) is a 1974 hit single by MFSB for the Philadelphia International label, which features vocals by The Three Degrees. ... In music, sampling is the act of taking a portion of one sound recording and reusing it as an instrument or element of a new recording. ... Hip-Hop music is a style of popular music. ...


Another popular MFSB number, "Love Is The Message", has been a favorite of dance/disco DJ's since its release; countless remixes, both official and unofficial, exist of the song. On September 20, 2004 the record became among the first to be inducted into the newly formed Dance Music Hall Of Fame.


External Link

  • http://www.dmhof.com Official site of the Dance Music Hall Of Fame

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MFSB - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (192 words)
Assembled by the production team of Gamble and Huff, MFSB was the house band for their Philadelphia International Records label and provided the signature smooth Philadelphia sound for many acts including the O'Jays, The Spinners, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and The Stylistics.
MFSB albums and singles were released for the rest of the decade, and their material later served as ample material for sampling by hip-hop musicians.
Another popular MFSB number, "Love Is The Message", has been a favorite of dance/disco DJ's since its release; countless remixes, both official and unofficial, exist of the song.
allmusic ((( MFSB > Biography ))) (429 words)
MFSB provided backing on a bevy of Philadelphia International hits, most prominently for the O'Jays and Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, as well as other Philly soulsters like the Stylistics and the Spinners.
The accompanying MFSB album, Love Is the Message, was a gold-selling Top Ten hit (and a number one R&B album); moreover, the title track became an underground hit on the New York disco scene several years later.
MFSB recorded five more albums for Philadelphia International over the remainder of the '70s, becoming a full-fledged disco group when they began working heavily with arranger/producer Dexter Wansel in 1978.
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