Watch Your Step: The Soulful Roots Of Philadelphia - Watch Your Step: The Soulful Roots Of Philadelphia | RECORD STORE DAY

Thank you for choosing to buy locally from a record store!

Buy Now

Store Distance Phone Buy

You can explore 3 ways to buy:

Find and visit a Local Record Store and get phone number and directions (call first, there is no guarantee which products may be in stock locally)

Purchase now from a local store that sells online

Purchase digitally now from (which serves local record stores)

These Indie stores carry most genres and you may want to also check with them

Store Distance Phone

Find a local store

(Please call first)


1. Little Joe and the Thrillers - Peanuts
2. Bobby Peterson Quintet - the Hunch
3. The Blue Notes - My Hero
4. Chubby Checker - the Twist
5. Bobby Peterson - Irresistible You
6. The Dreamlovers - When We Get Married
7. Bernard Byers - No Time to Cry
8. Bobby Parker - Watch Your Step
9. Bobby Parker - Steal Your Heart Away
10. The Gainors - This Is a Perfect Moment
11. The Gainors - Tell Him
12. Lee Andrews - You Gave to Me
13. Lee Andrews and the Hearts - a Night Like Tonight
14. The Dreamlovers - If I Should Lose You
15. Farris Hill ; the Madison Brothers - Did We Go Steady Too Soon
16. Jimmy Dee ; His Universals - (In My Heart) You'll Always Remain
17. Jimmy Dee ;The Universals - If It Wasn't for Pride
18. Big Boy Myles - She's So Fine
19. Dee Dee Sharp - Mashed Potato Time
20. The Orlons - the Wah-Watusi
21. Dee Dee Sharp - Ride!
22. The Orlons - Don't Hang Up
23. Don Covay - the Popeye Waddle
24. Teddy and the Twilights - I'm Just Your Clown
25. Mark Valentino - the Push and Kick
26. The Sherrys - Pop Pop Pop-Pie
27. Teddy ; the Twilights - Woman Is a Man's Best Friend
28. The Blue-Belles - I Sold My Heart to the Junkman
29. Claudine Clark - Party Lights

More Info:

In 2021 Philadelphia International, perhaps second only to Motown as one of the best-known labels the world has ever known, is celebrating it's 50th Anniversary. It seems therefore appropriate to look at Philadelphia's R&B, Doo wop and early soul roots that inspired Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff to stop performing and form their own record labels in the mid-60s. The city was home to a great many labels who helped to usher in the sound of what came to be called soul music, Cameo Parkway, V-Tone, Swan and Heritage are all represented. The talent that emerged on these labels left an indelible impression on the development of soul music and include: Garnet Mimms (in The Gainors); Bobby Parker; The Orlons; Dee Dee Sharp; Don Covay and Lee Andrews. Here are 29 proto soul tracks by some of the greatest artists to have emerged from the city of Philadelphia. Fully detailed liner notes.