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Philadelphia Special: Gamble and Huff

Tony Cummings, Black Music, January 1974

ONCE, FOR A fleeting blink of times' eye, Philadelphia was the centre of it all. When the world danced the twist with Chubby Checker... everybody cha cha cha'd with Bobby Rydell... and Freddy Cannon's 'Tallahassee Lassie' helped drive another nail into the coffin of honest, guts-of-the-fifties rock 'n roll.

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