The O’Jays – Back Stabbers (1972)


The O'Jays

Philadelphia International Records was founded by Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971. A year later, they had signed The O’Jays and the Philly soul love train was up and running. Before Gene McFadden was telling everyone “Ain’t No Stopping Us Now” with his longtime songwriting collaborator John Whitehead, he wrote the sensational ‘Back Stabbers’. Sampled over the years by everyone from Tavares to Angie Stone, this slice of proto disco is moody, lush and full of Latin rhythms. This was Philly pushing the boundaries of Motown. Have a great week.

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