Philadelphia Routes

Paul Gambaccini presents a six-part series that explores the influence of Philadelphia on the development of soul, R and B and rock 'n' roll.


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This first programme concentrates on Dick Clark's influential television show `American Bandstand' which was seen as the best market for rock 'n' roll.

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This programme covers the emergence of rock 'n' roll and the music of Bill Haley, Danny and the Juniors and Charlie Gracie.

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This programme looks at the influence of the Cameo Parkway Record Label.

Featuring music from Chubby Checker, Dee Dee Sharp, the Orlons and the Dovells.

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This programme focuses on Philadelphia's female singers, including Patti Labelle, Brenda and the Tabulations and Barbara Mason.


5: Philly Soul.

This programme profiles Gamble, Huff and Bell and the emergence of the Philadelphia International record label.

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The final programme features the music of artists on the Philadelphia International label, including the O'Jays and Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes.