McFadden & Whitehead

Genres: R&B / Soul
Descriptive "tags": disco funk soul 70s pop philadelphia international philly soul Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades Active: 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s
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Biography

Gene McFadden (1949, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 27 January 2006, Mount Airy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA) and John Whitehead (b. 1948, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, d. 11 May 2004, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA), were former members of the Epsilons, a group managed by Otis Redding, prior to joining the Philadelphia International Records label. Here they forged a career as producers, playing a major role in the development of the label’s ‘sound’ and as songwriters, penning hits for Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes (‘Bad Luck’, ‘Wake Up Everybody’) and the O’Jays (‘Back Stabbers’), ultimately being responsible for over 20 gold discs. As performers, McFadden and Whitehead enjoyed an international smash with ‘Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now’ (1979), a defiant, post-disco anthem, highlighted by the latter’s magnificent, exhorting delivery. The duo’s later releases, however, were...

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