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Died On This Date (April 13, 2013) Vincent Montana Jr. / Founder Of The Salsoul Orchestra; Member OF MFSB

Posted by themusicsover on April 13, 2013

Vincent Montana Jr.
February 12, 1928 – April 13, 2013

vincent-montana-jrVincent Montana was an American percussionist and band leader who is best remembered as the founder of popular ’70s disco group, the Salsoul Orchestra.  He was also a member of another disco standout band, MFSB.  Both groups, which counted members of each within their folds, released some of the era’s most recognized hits.  MFSB was assembled as the house band for Philadephia’s legendary Sigma Sounds Studios affording Montana the opportunity to play on hits by the O’Jays, the Stylistics, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and many more.  With Salsoul Orchestra, he recorded such disco hits as “Tangerine,” “Salsoul Hustle,” and “Nice ‘N’ Naasty.”  The vast list of others that Montana either played with or produced includes Frankie Avalon , Dusty Springfield, the Delfonics, Johnny Mathis, the Jackson 5, La Belle,  and more recently, the Pet Shop Boys.  Vincent Montana was 85 when he passed away on April 13, 2013.

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RIP, Major Harris (November 9, 2012) Philly Soul Singer

Posted by themusicsover on November 9, 2012

Major Harris
February 9, 1947 -November 9, 2012

Major Harris was a singer of what is commonly referred to as Philly Soul.  Born into a musical family in Richmond, Virginia, Harris learned from his father, a guitarist, and his mother, a singer.  He began his career singing in such vocal groups as the Charmers, the Jarmels, and the Teenagers.  By the early ’70s, Harris was singing in the Delfonics, replacing Randy Cain.  In 1974, he left the Delfonics to pursue a solo career.  That first year, he scored a moderate disco hit with “Each Morning I Wake Up,” and the following year, he hit big with “Love Won’t Let Me Wait” which shot to #1 on the R&B charts and #5 on the pop charts.  The single was certified Gold in the US.  In later years, Harris rejoined the Delfonics who toured the oldies and Northern Soul circuits throughout the ’90s and 2000s.  Major Harris passed away from congestive heart and lung failure on November 9, 2012.  He was 65.

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