• The Philadelphians

    The Philadelphians

    The Philadelphians (Philadelphia, Pa)

    Personnel :

    Big John Bowie (Lead)

    Frank Gordon (Bass)

    Sam (Second Tenor)

    Eddie (First Tenor)

    Gino (Baritone)

    Discography :

    The Philadelphians
    1961 - The Love That I Lost / Dear (Campus 101)
    1962 - Coming Home To You / Church Bells (Campus 103)
    1962 - The Vow / I Missed Her (Cameo 116)

    Big John & The Philadelphians
    1963 - My Love, My Love / Cleo's Theme (by Vince Monata & His Orchestra)  (Guyden 2093)

    Biography :

    The Philadelphians were a Philadelphia R&B male harmony group of the late fifties and early sixties. The Philadelphians used to rehearse at The Community Center located at 10th and Thompson Sts. of The Cambria Hgts. projects. Members of The Philadelphians were Big John as lead, Frank Gordon as bass, Sam as second tenor, Eddie as first tenor and Gino as baritone singer.

    The Philadelphians     The Philadelphians

    They were produced by Steve Schulman on Campus Records. They cut two singles for the label "The Love That I Lost" b/w "Dear" May 1961 (Campus 101) and "Coming Home To You" b/w "Church Bells" Feb 1962 (Campus 103). In 1962, they cut a third single for Cameo, a major American Philadelphia-based record labels:  "The Vow" b/w "I Missed Her"

    The Philadelphians

    Their last single was recorded in 1963 for Jamie-Guyden "My Love,  My Love" as Big John & The Philadelphians. The group broke up, But Big john bowie continue to perform on stage for several years with an instrumental group also called the Philadelphians. John Bowie also had releases on Merben Records in 1966 and Phil-LA of Soul Records the next year.

    Songs :

    The Philadelphians

    Dear / The Love That I Lost               Coming Home To You

    Church Bells                       The Vow / I Missed Her

    Big John & The Philadelphians

    My Love, My Love

  • Comments

    Sharon Sturgis
    Wednesday 17th July 2019 at 20:26

    Hello my name is Sharon and Frank Gordon was my father whose name was originally Franklin  Ellibee Austin and he has passed on some years ago he was one of the bass singers for this group and i am so happy to find anything on my dad and the group he sang with also Mr Bowie is his first cousin who resides in South Carolina he is the last surviving member of the group now today. 

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