Saturday, 30 May 2015

The Philadelphia Signature Soul Sound during the 1980s Pt 3


                                       Featuring female solo artist

All  the tracks and albums featured in these series of articles were recorded at the world famous recording studio; Sigma Sound Studios and the short lived recording studio Alpha International Recording Studios both based in the city of Philadelphia during the 1980s with some singles reaching Top five and number one in the 1990 due to the time of it release by respective recording labels.
Mills' platinum certified album.

Before Stephanie had successful run of hits at the Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia during the 1980s. She  had three brilliant gold certified albums recorded during the late 1970s into the early 1980s that were recorded at the Sigma Sound Studios in New York City. All the albums were  produced by James Mtume and Reggie Lucas. The three albums were “What Cha’ Gonna Do with My Lovin’” (1979), “Sweet Sensation” (1980), and “Stephanie” (1981).

Her final gold certified album.
Stephanie Mills is the only black female artist to have actually achieved gold certified albums successes between the two studios She was one of a number of established female artists not originally from Philadelphia to record several brilliant tracks at Sigma Sound Studios. The number one track was produced by the late Ron Kersey (studio musician and member MFSB Band) on Stephanie Mills’ self -titled album released on MCA Records in 1986.  The track "I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love" which charted at number-one week-ending 3rd May 1986 (2 weeks) on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart. It was Mills’ to first number one single. 

The following year she reached number-one with a beautiful Soul ballad; “Feeling Good All Over” This track was produced by other producer originally from Philadelphia by the name of Nick Martinelli The song peaked at the top of the summit of the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Singles Chart week-ending 4th July 1987(3 weeks). The single was taken from her first platinum certified album “If I Were Your Woman”. The album was well-received by critics and became a commercial success, peaking at number thirty on the Billboard Hot 200 Albums Chart and also reached the number one position on the Billboard Hot Soul and R&B Albums Chart week-ending 5th September 1987 (1 week). Staphanie Mills had her finally number one single from her gold certified album “Home” which features Philadelphia record producer Nick Martinelli as the main producer on the project.The single was simpily titled “Home”. It peaked at number one week-ending 25th November 1989 (1 week).

                                         Researched and compiled by               
                                          Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   

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Kevin Tomlin has over 34 years of teaching experience in Jamaica, England and America, including 15 years teaching music history of black origin and visual art in South Florida, U.S.A., through Arts in Education. Tomlin created special training programmes and workshops for music teachers in South Florida schools, using music history as the foundation, to build exciting programmes of study and support materials for education professionals. Since 2000, he’s taught music history, geography, religious education, history, visual arts and performing arts at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex, at both primary and secondary levels. He conducts research and provides consultancy services for multi-media organisations, schools, recording artists, cultural and faith-based groups and entertainment professionals.

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