The Soul Survivors
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The Soul Survivors in 1969
The Soul Survivors were a Philadelphia based R&B group founded by New York natives Richie and Charlie Ingui and Kenny Jeremiah, known for their 1967 hit single "Expressway to Your Heart", which was the first hit by Philadelphia soul record producers and songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
The Soul Survivors first played together in New York under the name The Dedications, founded by member Kenny Jeremiah, who released several singles under this name in 1962 and 1964. They adopted the name Soul Survivors in 1965. They signed to Philadelphia label Crimson Records, who put them in touch with Gamble & Huff. "Expressway to Your Heart" was a #1 hit regionally in Philadelphia and New York in the fall of 1967, and the tune reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 nationally. "Expressway to Your Heart" spent 15 weeks in the charts and sold over one million copies.
The follow-up was "Explosion in Your Soul," which was not as successful (U.S. #33); a third release, "Impossible Mission", also was a minor hit in 1969 (U.S. #68). They quit playing for a few years, but re-formed with a different lineup in 1972. They had one more hit, "City of Brotherly Love" in 1974. In the 1970s, the group lost its record contract and its manager and eventually disbanded. Charlie Ingui became a landscaper, Richie Ingui became a house painter, Paul Venturini became a restaurateur, and drummer Joe Forgione owned an auto body shop. In 1987, the Inqui brothers began playing occasional gigs as the original Soul Survivors and signed a five-record contract in 1991 with Society Hill Records. As of 2006, they were playing occasional dates in the Eastern United States.
Chuck Trois also went on to release a solo 45 rpm single on A&M Records in August 1969, with "Mr. Holmes" on one side, and "A National Band" on the other.
- Charlie Ingui - vocals
- Richie Ingui - vocals
- Kenny Jeremiah - vocals
- Joe Forgione - drums
- Paul Venturini - organ
- Chuck Trois - guitar
- Edward Leonetti - guitar
- John (Beedo) Dzubak sr-drums
- Billy Collins - Bass
- When the Whistle Blows Anything Goes (Crimson Records LP-501, 1967) U.S. #123
- Take Another Look (Atco Records, 1968) Includes slide guitarist Duane Allman on a few songs.
- The Soul Survivors (TSOP Records, 1975)
Joe Forgione was the original drummer on the first 2 albums. There were different drummers, like Ralph Capobianco. CORRECTION: Joe Forgione (a fine drummer) did not cut "Expressway", and did not cut the album "Take Another Look", which was cut by the Fame studio musicians in Muscle Shoals, AL. Just say "Roger Hawkins".
- Murrells, Joseph (1978). The Book of Golden Discs (2nd ed.). London: Barrie and Jenkins Ltd. p. 230. ISBN 0-214-20512-6.
- Allmusic: The Soul Survivors" - Biography
- Logan, Joe (January 2, 1991). "Still Surviving Fame Was Fleeting For Charlie And Richie Ingui, Who Hit It Big In 1967 With "Expressway to Your Heart". But The South Jersey Brothers Known As The Soul Survivors Are Driving For A Comeback.". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved 13 November 2013.
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