Producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff formed Philadelphia International Records in 1971 to rival the Berry Gordy Motown empire.
The sound of Philly Soul, which had been bubbling for some time, was solidified. “Backstabbers,” from the album of the same name was performed by The O’Jays, but it was written by Huff and the songwriting team of Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, with a string arrangement by Thom Bell.
This is the song that turned me on to Philly Soul and its the one I go back to in a pinch to get any dance party started. Read about and listen to “Back Stabbers” here!