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Philly Groove of the Day/Patti LaBelle/”New Attitude”

If there’s any diva whose magnetic career has showcased fierce displays of Philly music truth over the years, it’s certainly the long-lasting music legacy of Ms. Patti LaBelle. From her soaring start in the City of Brotherly Love to owning her spot as the front woman of the vocal group, Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles (later known as Labelle) into a wildly successful solo career, the living local music legend has rightfully owned her top spot in Philly’s rich music history. Even today, Ms. Patti still captivates our local music hearts with her powerful presence, those undeniable eardrum destroying vocal wails, her oh, so delicious sweet potato pies, and of course, her always ready to serve hit single, “New Attitude” always gets the diva job done. 

An aerobics class ready synth-ed up ride of a tune, “New Attitude” was recorded for the soundtrack to the 1984 Eddie Murphy box office smash, Beverly Hills Cop, and would not just become  a diva anthem for the ages, but the fiery track would also become LaBelle’s first major solo smash on the Billboard Hot 100 (it peaked at # 17), a feat in which the soulful songstress hadn’t accomplished following the break-up of Labelle seven years prior. 

And while we could spill local music tea all day on the song’s accompanying video, those of us who’ve reveled in it time-and-time again know that there are truly no words to describe it…just watch and celebrate your “New Attitude” right now.

Ms. Patti is ready and waiting for you. 

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Philly Groove of the Day/Joan Jett/”I Hate Myself for Loving You”

A Philly entertainment legend who clearly needs no introduction, Ms. Joan Jett and her merry band of Blackhearts have been representing the City of Brotherly Love music scene for nearly four (!) decades now. One of the most influential divas in rock history, the amplified stylings of Ms. Jett can easily be compared to the talents of rock legends Lou Reed, Bill Withers and former Rolling Stones guitarist Mick Taylor, who in fact joined the legendary rock goddess on today’s feisty Philly groove, the ’88 Billboard smash, “I Hate Myself for Loving You” 

Served to radio as the lead single from the Joan Jett and the Blackhearts album Up Your Alley, the rockin’ number leather jacketed its way up to #8 on the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Jett’s third single to reach the Top 10. The angst-y sonnet also became her first top ten hit since “Crimson and Clover” all the way back in ’82, which was preceded by the rock queen’s biggest hit, “I Love Rock and Roll,” which owned the #1 spot earlier that year for seven consecutive weeks.

Let’s not also forget that it was just about a year ago when Joan Jett was rightfully inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame where her induction speech was given by the one-and-only Ms. Miley Cyrus (who loves Philly, too!), in which the “Wrecking Ball” swinger said….well, you just have to watch it all again. All of these fine tuned memories are all the more reason we just can’t wait for when Jett and her Blackhearts take the stage alongside Heart at the BB & T Pavillion this summer. If these music moments tell us anything, it’s that going to be one hell of a Philly show. 

Rock on. 

 

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Philly Disco Groove of the Day/People’s Choice/”Jam, Jam, Jam(All Night Long)”

“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”