Philly Groove Records
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Philly Groove Records was a soul music label started by Stan Watson and Sam Bell in 1967, with noted producer Thom Bell doing A&R. The label's best-known artists were male vocal group, the Delfonics and female group, First Choice. Both acts enjoyed a run of hits during the late 60s and early 70s, especially on the R&B charts. The label also had other artists such as Nat Turner's Rebellion and David Lasley. It, along with Philadelphia International Records, was instrumental in establishing the famed Philadelphia soul sound.
The label was distributed by Bell Records from its inception in 1967 until 1974, when the label closed down shortly after Bell turned into Arista Records. Arista has held on to the rights of Philly Groove's masters ever since. The rights to Philly Groove are now controlled by Sony Music Entertainment.
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