In 1968 history was about to be made in Philadelphia. A unique sound would come to life and dominate the world’s airways. Within months top recording artists and producers from around the world would come to Philadelphia to capture the magic. This magic would come to be known as The Sound of Philadelphia. Over the next 3 decades Sigma Sound would own the charts and change studio recording forever.
For a generation of Americans, the experience of romantic love is inseparable from The Sound of Philadelphia. With passionate melodies, sophisticated string arrangements, seductive beats, and a positive social message, the artists and producers who came into Sigma Sound built the bridge between the soul music of the sixties and the Disco and Hip-Hop to come.
This is the story of those amazing songs, the stars who sang them, the fans who made them famous and the unsung heroes who arranged and recorded them. It’s an untold chapter of pop history: how The Sound of Philadelphia transformed the world of music. And it comes with an irresistible soundtrack
Set to a selection of classic songs the episodes will intercut in-depth interviews featuring legendary artists including the late Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Joel, and members of the Soul Survivors, the O’Jays, the Spinners, and Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes with commentary and recollections from a “Who’s Who” of present-day musical stars and cultural figures. Musicians from all cultures and backgrounds made the Philly sound make their mark.
This episodic series will showcase Sigma Sound Studio’s unheralded influence in the creation of a revolutionary cross-cultural sound. The use of the era’s cutting edge technologies enabled an eclectic mix of artists & producers to profoundly affect the direction of popular music, locally, nationally and globally.
Show Teaser (Featuring Joe Tarsia, Sigma Sound Studios Founder & Engineer)