If you ever walked down South Broad Street in Philadelphia, you see plaques dedicated to those in the Philadelphia music scene. Now,there are several more. . Of course, Kenny gamble and Leon Huff were given the award for their work with the MFSB Orchestra . "It stands for Mother, Father, Sister Brother, but I've heard there is a double meaning" Gamble joked. Drummer Earl Young stood up and gave a few remarks.
The Sal -Soul Orchestra and the late Vince Montana were honored as well.
Gene Shay, the radio personality that worked with the old WIOQ when they were a progressive rock station and now with WXPN was also honored. During a press event, David Bromberg stated " The media does not promote your music to make you look good,they do so for self preservation". He was right. No matter how much a DJ promotes an artists, if fans think they suck, they will simply tune off the station. Shay is credited for breaking many national artists, such as Bob Dylan.
Peter Richard Conte, is an unknown name. However his music is familiar with thousands. Did you ever shop at Wannamakers of Macy';s in center city? He is the man playing the pipe organ.In 100 years, he is only the fourth person to master that instrument.
John Davis and the Monster Orchestra were there . You may remember him from his hits "Night and Day", as well as "The Magic Is You". The late Joel Dorn was represented for his award . John Madera and David White were there. They are known as the people that wrote "At the Hop" by Danny and the Juniors.
Jerry Blavat hosted the event and would frequently jump on the stage signing and dancing. This was his element.He now makes hundreds of public appearances all across the region.
For more info on the Phila. Music Alliance here .
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