“(We’ll Be) United” Performed by The Intruders (1966)

June 16, 2008

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Formed in 1960 Philadelphia, The Intruders were lead singer Sam “Litt[audile Sonny” Brown, Eugene “Bird” Daughtry, Phil Terry, and Robert “Big Sonny” Edwards. After singing locally for a few years the doo-wop group signed with the new Gamble label in 1966 and scored a hit with this song right out of the gate.

This new label that The Intruders signed with was the brain child of Kenny Gamble and his songwriting/producing partner Leon Huff. Kenny fronted a group called “Kenny and the Romeos”. It was while in this group that Gamble and Huff discovered how they both loved song-writing. Thom Bell was also a member of the group.

“In 1965, when legendary songwriters and record producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff first contemplated leaving the Cameo-Parkway record label to risk launching their own recording label, the vocalists on which they pinned all their hopes and venture capital were The Intruders.

Gamble and Huff’s success with The Intruders helped convince Columbia Records to grant them the money to launch Philadelphia International, which became the most successful soul label in the 1970s. Gamble and Huff acknowledged that their work with The Intruders was the very foundation of what they called “The Sound Of Philadelphia”.” (Source)

Of course you know that Gamble & Huff became “The Philly Sound” just as Holland-Dozier-Holland had become Detroit’s “Motown Sound” before them. Gotta love them both!

Stay tuned for The Intruder’s follow-up hit, also composed the Gamble and Huff, with “Little Sonny” on lead. I was a tween that was crazy for “Little Sonny’s singing! Don’t you just love his voice?

Thanks for letting me share the music with you.



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