Here are 9 songs that show love to Philadelphia, the City Of Brotherly Love.
Philadelphia is a big-time music town. Hall & Oates, Jill Scott, DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince, Chubby Checker, Bill Haley & The Comets, The Hooters, Todd Rundgren, Boyz 2 Men, The Roots, etc… Those were just the artists that came to the top of mind. Believe me, there are tons more!
Philly is home to some of the best music venues past and present in the country. The Fillmore, Franklin Music Hall(formerly the Electric Factory), The Met, Union Transfer, The Mann Center, World Cafe Live, The Dell Center, The Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA), and the Kimmel Center. Those are the venues that are still around and thriving.
Did you know American Bandstand started right here in Philly? True story! It premiered in Philly in 1952 on what is now WPVI – Channel 6. Dick Clark took over the hosting duties in 1956 and the rest is history.
My parents tell me that American Bandstand was THE TV show back then. Everyone wanted to be on the show because they not only played the best music to dance to but they would have awesome live performances.
Check out the video below of The Jackson 5 performing live on American Bandstand!
Philly is so in touch with the music scene that it has its own Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame. You can find it in Center City on the Avenue of the Arts. Some notable members that are honored with their names on the Walk of Fame consist of: Patti LaBelle, Boyz 2 Men, Frankie Avalon, John Coltrane, Dizzy Gillespie, Teddy Pendergrass, Todd Rundgren, Dick Clark, Jerry Blavat, Jim Croce, Daryl Hall, John Oates, Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Joan Jett, Peter Nero, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Kevin Eubanks, The Trammps, The Roots, Sister Sledge, Jill Scott, The Bacon Brothers, Leslie Odom Jr.
We are talking LEGENDS!
Lots of these artists credit Philadelphia as giving them their start. I did some research and tried to find the most memorable songs that love to the City of Brotherly Love.
Take a look below: