Five Reasons Philadelphia is just THAT awesome!
Happy Friday, Philadelphia! Here’s another FIVE reasons why Philadelphia is just THAT great!
Philadelphia has produced famous artists from every genre of music, most notably Jazz, Philadelphia Soul, Hip Hop and R&B. In the 1950’s the American pop music show American Bandstand hosted by Dick Clark was produced here. In the 1980’s & 90’s so many successful R&B and hip hop artists came out Philadelphia. At the same time Philadelphia had a distinct punk rock and hardcore scene as well.
Here are five of some of the most influential artists that were born and raised or got their career start in this great city.
Hall & Oates
The musical duo of Daryl Hall and John Oates achieved great success with their patented fusion of tock and roll and R&B which they dubbed “rock soul.” These Philadelphia musicians made six number 1 hits such as,”Rich Girl,” and “Maneater.”
Boyz II Men
The handsome boy band specializes in emotional ballads and a cappella harmonies. Most popular in the 1990s, they are still the most successful R&B group of all time.
The Roots are a legendary hip hop and neo-soul band who are/were at the forefront of jazzy, instrumental hip hop. “Black Thought” and “Questlove,” met as classmates at the Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. They are currently the house band on the Jimmy Fallon Show. Tomorrow, they celebrate their 6th annual picnic on the waterfront at Festival Pier. Tickets are SOLD OUT.
Born and raised in Philadelphia, Patti is known for her gifted voice even as a child. LaBelle is a celebrated gospel, jazz and R&B Singer. The Grammy-Award winning singer is probably known best for her hit, “Lady Marmalade.”
John Legend attended the University of Pennsylvania. (Fun Fact) While in college, he helmed Counterparts, a co-ed jazz and pop a cappella group as president and musical director. Legend’s lead vocals on the group’s recording of Joan Osborne’s “One of Us” received critical acclaim landing the song on the track list of the 1998 Best of Collegiate a Cappella compilation CD. He began performing shows in Philadelphia and expanded his audiences to other major cities. Prior to the release of his debut album, his career gained momentum through a series of successful collaborations with multiple established artists. Legend has won nine Grammy Awards.