The Sapphires Asked Who You Loved

January 6, 2016

John Hale brings this jewel back from the early days of Rock Music with the Sapphires and "Who Do You Love?" -- TDR

 

The Sapphires, a Philly group, were one hit wonders, and their one hit, "Who Do You Love," while a favorite of the low-riders in California, south Texas and other locales, only made it to Number 25 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart back in 1964. However, "Who Do You Love" was a proving ground for a solid group of Philadelphia-based musicians and songwriters who would put the "City Of Brotherly Love" on the musical map less than a decade later.

 

The core group of musicians that would become MFSB, the house band for Philadelphia International Records played on the Sapphires' "Who Do You Love." Philadelphia International would become the home label for the Philly sound of the O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Lou Rawls, the Three Degrees, and other major R&B acts of the Seventies. Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell, the three principle figures behind Philadelphia International Records were the writers and producers for "Who Do You Love."

 

Few people these days remember the song, but "Who Do You Love" by the Sapphires was a fine example of mid-sixties east coast soul, and a harbinger of hits to come from Philadelphia.

 

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