100 Best Philly Albums of all Time

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Thanks to everyone who made this list possible. If there are items you disagree with, these people are at least partly to blame:

Rodney Anonymous, a founding member of the Dead Milkmen, runs www.rodneyanonymous.com. In his spare time he enjoys screaming obscenities at former Real World cast members.

Erik Bader is a PW contributor who's been told that his music collection is "stuck in the '90s." He'll soon be self-publishing the first volume of his serial novel True Jersey.

Phil Beck is a freelance editor of books, magazines and newspapers, and a vice president of the Philadelphia chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists.

Laurence Beck is an actor and occasional freelance writer. He's an expert in classical music.

Mark Beers writes about opera for PW.

Patrick Berkery splits his time drumming for Philly's own Bigger Lovers and the Pernice Brothers. He frequently writes about music for PW, The Philadelphia Inquirer, Magnet and Men's Edge.

Arn Bernstein is executive editor/news director of Counselor, a trade magazine for the promotional products industry. He's been an avid music and record/CD collector since 1969.

Jerry Blavat has been a Philadelphia DJ for more than 40 years. He's the owner of Geator Gold Radio and Memories in Margate.

Chubby Checker is a singer and performer who made "The Twist" famous the world over and popularized the notion of "dancing apart to the beat."

Abdul Chestnut is a community activist and record executive for Abdul Entertainment, a member of the inspirational R&B/contemporary gospel group the Chestnut Brothers and founder/director of the Save the Children Campaign.

Bryan Dilworth is the father of Riley Dilworth, who's in charge of the Jungle Gym at Seager, Three Bears and Palumbo parks. He also works at Electric Factory Concerts,manages Burning Brides and oversees Heyday Entertainment(Bryan, that is).

Joel Dorn is a Grammy Award-winning record producer who started his career as a jazz DJ on WHAT. He also founded Hyena Records, which pays tribute to his Philly roots with releases by Ray Bryant and Skip Heller.

Ain´┐Ż Ardron-Doley writes about everything from music to politics to sports. She's also the host of DUTV's popular hip-hop show The Avenue (www.dutv.org/avenue).

Julia Factorial is a local DJ who spins frequently at the Khyber.

Beth Falkof is a former PW intern. She likes to wear nonwhite headphones on her iPod.

Y-100's marketing and music director Dan Fein is the host of YNot, Y-100's new and local music show and Y100's live original music night, the Y-100 Tuesday Night Music Club at Grape Street Philadelphia.

Joe Genaro was a founding member of the Dead Milkmen. He now plays with the Low Budgets and lives in Philadelphia.

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1. Serease Brown said... on Nov 13, 2008 at 09:34AM

“Buuter, Who sings the song Step Into My World , I heard it on your show female group? Thanks Serase”

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2. Drew said... on Jul 23, 2009 at 12:01AM

“"Backstabbers" was hardly early in the O'Jays' career. The group has been recording and touring since 1960.They were a quintet until 1965/66, then a quartet until they resigned with Gamble-Huff and became a trio. Prior to being a trio and hitting with "Backstabbers" they had recorded for at least six different labels with most of their songs scoring in the high echelons of R&B charts in the cities they were played.”

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3. greg said... on Jul 24, 2009 at 04:36PM

“I was in Sweet Stavin Chain and Good God...I was also in a band called Breakwater in the late '70's and early '80's that had 2 successful albums on Arista and a national following. It was one of the best funk bands ever to come out of Philadelphia and one of the few truly self-contained bands on the soul side of town to make a mark. It still gets played on WDAS...the songs were good enough. I'm a little surprised that it didn't get a mention here.
By the way, were getting together again after almost thirty years and it's a real pleasure. The band sounds possibly better than it did back then... nice to know it's still there after all these years, makes you think you were on to something the first time. Keep your eyes peeled, we'll be playing out before the year is out.

Greg”

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4. Frank C. said... on Jul 26, 2009 at 08:29PM

“Hats off for citing Essra Mohawk's PRIMORDIAL LOVERS but it should be in Top 10, for sure!
The album still blows me away and to think Essra was only 21 when she created it... Not only is it, for my money, the best of the earliest singer-songwriter works, but Rhino Records even went one step further by essentially calling it the mother album of "grrrl power."
Essra, rock on!!!”

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5. Richard Romanowski said... on Dec 25, 2009 at 06:24AM

“Essra, for me, has become a suitable, iconic legend. One listen ro ant of her songs could alone exolain my rationale behind thid thinking. Her songs are truly an inspiration, they are a force to be dealt with. I feel her melodies bery deeply, surging within the innermost parts of my very soul. Thank you. Rich Romanowski of Romanowski Studios (look for my songs on YouTube.”

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6. Joann Cape May NJ said... on May 14, 2010 at 12:42AM

“My husband John Bussell is still alive, still singing and playing for his family and friends.”

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7. john travis said... on May 27, 2010 at 10:19AM

“What about the album Dobbs Lives. only 1000 copies were made, 1980 copy right, Living Room Artists Productions.”

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8. Fluke said... on Mar 24, 2011 at 11:53PM

“Tommy Conwell, are you joking? After he stopped booze and drugs, and became the real him, one of the biggest jerkoffs to ram the earth.”

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9. Ed said... on Nov 17, 2011 at 10:15AM

“The "John Bussell" I'm curious about would be hard to miss ... maybe 6'10" tall!!! Graduated Olney High School Class of '67. He played drums, played with us on graduation night, played drums in Sweet Stavin Chain ... still with us??? Inquiring minds (and old friends) want to know. May be a 45th HS Reunion coming up in May '2012. Please advise”

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10. Dave said... on Feb 10, 2012 at 01:54PM

“The Kit Kats at #81-
the correct song title is "Won't Find Better Than Me", just sayin'”

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11. Michael said... on Feb 28, 2012 at 07:28PM

“What. No mention of American Dream, Good News, Crystal Mansion, Woody Truck Stop, High Treason. Are you sure you were in Philly those years?”

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12. The Warped Vinyl Junkie said... on Mar 28, 2013 at 08:10PM

“You include Bessie Smith on your list since she died near Philadelphia? What an ignorant way to make up a "top 100" list. My vote is you are -200.”

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13. Joann Bussell said... on Nov 7, 2013 at 02:56PM

“Just want to add I am the wife of John Bussell .We married in 1970 and still together today. John Bussell of Sweet Stavin Chain is Alive and well. At 65 he still playing his guitars and singing to his grandkids lol. So late he is not. Lol Still living and loving life.”

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14. Joann Bussell said... on Nov 7, 2013 at 02:56PM

“Just want to add I am the wife of John Bussell .We married in 1970 and still together today. John Bussell of Sweet Stavin Chain is Alive and well. At 65 he still playing his guitars and singing to his grandkids lol. So late he is not. Lol Still living and loving life.”

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15. Larry said... on May 9, 2014 at 04:58PM

“How come you did not have the singing group the futures on the list?”

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16. Anonymous said... on Sep 16, 2014 at 04:29PM

“U forgot First Choice!”

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17. Anonymous said... on Oct 16, 2014 at 12:41PM

“Two corrections. David Bowie's "David Live" was released on RCA, not Capitol (Bowie's never been on Capitol); and Clarence Clemons recorded "Woman's Got The Power," not "After Last Night."”

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