“Got my mind up, gonna put on my new suit,” starts off the funky, “Jam, Jam, Jam” (All Night Long),” by Philly’s own People’s Choice. Now, if there’s a soulful disco song out there with better opening lyrics to help get your weekend started off in the most right way possible, I personally would like for you to try to find one. Booming with bass, slinky guitar riffs and an undeniable scratched up vocal delivery by lead vocalist and instrumentalist Frank Brunson, this classic People’s Choice joint succeeds in funkin’ you right up from the start.
Created in 1971 by Brunson and drum player David Thompson, People’s Choice began making their local music mark as a stand-out instrumental ensemble. But their music game changed when legendary Philly music producers Gamble & Huff saw them in concert and asked Brunson if he would be interesting in recording the track, “I Likes To Do It” for Philadelphia International Records. Mr. Brunson obliged and People’s Choice signed with the label in 1974 and were an instant smash thanks to the vivid instrumentation and light vocal flavoring that their smooth-and-silky debut single provided.
The group went on to achieve much success on both the R&B and album charts, delivering funkdafied singles, “Do It Any Way You Wanna,” “Nursery Rhymes(Part One),” and of course, the glowing “Jam, Jam, Jam( All Night Long).” And since it’s been a long week for us all dealing with The Great Thaw of 2016, now is the perfect time to get lost in this one-of-a-kind Philly disco groove.
You’ll certainly be glad you did.
Here’s all of this week’s Philly disco grooves in case you’re just hittin’ the dance floor of local music life. Have a great weekend!
Instant Funk/”I Got My Mind Up(You Can Get It)”
Teddy Pendergrass/”I Don’t Love You Anymore”
Jean Carn/”Was That All It Was”
The Jones Girls/”You Gonna Make Me Love Somebody Else”