BEN-LEE'S PHILADELPHIA STORY
You will hear on this site some of the best -R&B/Northern/Soul- tracks ever produced in Philadelphia in the 60's-70's.
In the 1960s, producer-songwriters Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett (arranger) formed a production company, Ben-Lee Music, that generated tracks that were leased to other labels (Mercury-Kapp/Congress-RCA-Red Bird-Cameo) as well as their own labels- Benn-X and Sonata Records.
The Ben-Lee umbrella produced some outstanding Philadelphia soul throughout the decade. Many of the songs were written by a young Leon Huff of later Philadelphia International Fame. On most of the sides you can hear the strong-funky soul piano being laid down by Leon which helped drive the tracks.
This takes us straight to the heart of Philadelphia at a time when the city was still trying to define it's musical identity. Frank Bendinelli and Leroy Lovett had already achieved a degree of individual success before becoming partners in 1962.
Ben-Lee's first hit "Mixed Up Shook Up Girl" by Patty And The Emblems and written by Leon Huff & Frank Bendinelli was heralded as the start of an impressive string of releases.
Their Kapp release-"I'm Gonna Love You a Long Long Time" featured here with breathtaking sound quality, still receives deserved turntable action on the Northern Soul Scene where it is rightly regarded as a classic. It's praise was recently rewarded by appearing in the English Movie "SOULBOY" and the new English TV series "Inspector George Gently".
Ben-Lee Music turned out some fabulous tracks that clearly demonstrates the music in Philly was vibrant, exciting, innovative and inspired long before the birth of TSOP.
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