Back in 1965, the Sound Of Philadelphia (TSOP) was just forming in the minds of Leon Huff and Kenneth Gamble. The took a chance on a band called The Intruders. The Intruders had formed in 1960 and had already created their own sound.
This sound was not has tinged with the Pop sound of Motown Records or Funk and R&B inflicted like Stax/Volt Records. What The Intruders did was to blend Philadelphia’s street corner Doo Wop with Gospel. This sound would influence what we know as TSOP and groups like The O’Jays would help introduce that sound to the rest of the world.
That sound convinced Columbia Studio to take a chance with Gamble and Huff to loan them the money to start Philadelphia International Records.
My next selection was The Intruders biggest hit. It rose to Number One on the R&B charts and Number Six on the Pop charts.
Here are The Intruders with “Cowboys To Girls.”