Due to the emphasis on sound and arrangement and the relative anonymity
of many of the style's players, Philly soul is often considered a
producers' genre. Philly soul songwriters and producers, including Thom
Bell, Linda Creed, and teams of Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, and
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (the latter pair of Philadelphia
International Records) worked with a stable of studio musicians to
develop the unique Philly sound used as backing for many different
singing acts. Many of these musicians would record as the instrumental
group MFSB which had a hit with the seminal Philly soul song "TSOP (The
Sound of Philadelphia)" in 1974.
Philly soul was popular throughout the 1970s and it set the stage for
the studio constructions of disco and urban contemporary music that
emerged later in the decade.
Notable Philly soul artists include: