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Thom Bell was the record producer behind much of the Philadelphia soul subgenre of soul music in the 1970s. He was born in Kingston, Jamaica on January 26, 1943 but moved to Philadelphia as a child. Tom Bell (1825-October 4, 1856) was a western outlaw and physician known as the Outlaw Doc. Born Thomas J. Hodges in Rome, Tennessee he saw action in the Mexican-American War as a surgeon. ... Thomas Bell (1903–1961) was an American novelist. ... Conference National Division Eastern Year founded 2004 Home arena Wachovia Center & Wachovia Spectrum(alt. ... For other uses, see Soul music (disambiguation). ... The 1970s decade refers to the years from 1970 to 1979, also called The Seventies. ... The City of Kingston is the capital and largest city of Jamaica. ... is the 26th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Nickname: City of Brotherly Love, Philly, the Quaker City Motto: Philadelphia maneto (Let brotherly love continue) Location in Pennsylvania Coordinates: Country United States State Pennsylvania County Philadelphia Founded October 27, 1682 Incorporated October 25, 1701 Mayor John F. Street (D) Area    - City 369. ...


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Bell was classically trained but as a teenager had sung with Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Daryl Hall (of Hall and Oates fame). Bell’s first big break in soul music came with Cameo Records in Philadelphia in 1967, where he was introduced to a local group called the Delfonics. Thom Bell brought a smooth, lush style to soul, and his production talents yielded several big hits for the group including "La, La Means I Love You" and "Didn't I Blow Your Mind This Time?" 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. ... 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. ... Daryl Hall (born Daryl Franklin Hohl on October 11, 1946, Pottstown, Pennsylvania) is an American singer and songwriter best known as half of the music duo Hall & Oates (with music partner John Oates). ... 1922 Cameo Record Cameo was a USA based record label, first flourishing in the 1920s, and then revived in the 1960s. ... Year 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar) of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


By 1972, Bell had left the Delfonics to produce another local group, the Stylistics, this time on Avco Records. By then he had teamed up with Philadelphia-born songwriter Linda Creed and Russell Thompkins Jr, lead singer with the Stylistics. This partnership generated three albums full of hugely memorable tracks. Year 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Stylistics was one of the best-known Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ... Avco Records was a record label started in the early 1960s by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and Joseph Levine. ... Linda Creed (1949 - 1986) was a songwriter who teamed up with Thom Bell to produce some of the most successful Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. ...


Two years later, Bell moved again, this time to Atlantic Records, to produce for The Spinners, who had long been with Motown but were not getting the attention they needed on a label jam-packed with superstars. Bell revitalised the group, producing five albums including chart successes such as "Ghetto Child" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love?" An album followed with Dionne Warwick: Track of the Cat, in 1976, but his work was beginning to lose its originality. Subsequently, Bell worked with artists such as Johnny Mathis, Billy Paul and Elton John, and even teamed up, briefly, with the Stylistics in 1982. It is for his staggering success with the Philadelphia sound in the 1970s, particularly with the Stylistics, who never recovered from losing Bell, that he is remembered best. Atlantic Records (Atlantic Recording Corporation) is an American record label, and operates as a wholly owned subsidiary of Warner Music Group. ... The Spinners are a Detroit, Michigan -based soul band popular in the 1960s and 1970s. ... Motown Records, Inc. ... Marie Dionne Warrick (born December 12, 1940 in East Orange, New Jersey), known professionally as Dionne Warwick, is an African-American singer best known for her work with Hal David and Burt Bacharach as songwriters and producers. ... Track of the Cat is a 1949 adventure novel by Walter Van Tilburg Clark, which was adapted into the 1954 William A. Wellman film starring Robert Mitchum and Teresa Wright. ... Year 1976 Pick up sticks(MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... John Royce Mathis (b. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Sir Elton Hercules[1] John CBE[2] (born Reginald Kenneth Dwight on 25 March 1947) is a five-time Grammy and one-time Academy Award-winning English pop/rock singer, composer and pianist. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ...


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CMT.com : Thom Bell : Biography (469 words)
Thom Bell was among the principal architects of the lush and seductive Philly soul sound, one of the most popular and influential musical developments of the 1970s.
Born in Philadelphia in 1941, Bell studied classical piano as a youth; he joined Gamble's harmony group the Romeos in 1959, and by the age of 19 was working as a conductor and arranger for hometown hero Chubby Checker.
Bell's work with the Delfonics became immediately recognizable for its shimmering beauty and exquisite sweetness, and when he reunited with Gamble and new partner Leon Huff at their newly formed Philadelphia International Records, the classic Philly Soul sound quickly began to take shape.
Thom Bell - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (343 words)
Thom Bell was the record producer behind much of the Philadelphia soul subgenre of soul music in the 1970s.
Bell’s first big break in soul music came with Cameo Records in Philadelphia in 1967, where he was introduced to a local group called the Delfonics.
Bell revitalised the group, producing five albums including chart successes such as "Ghetto Child" and "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love?" An album followed with Dionne Warwick: Track of the Cat, in 1976, but his work was beginning to lose its originality.
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