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Thom Bell: Creator of Classical Soul

John Abbey, Blues & Soul, 9 November 1973

IF YOU study Thom Bell's creative work, there is an undeniable classical influence in everything he does. The easy explanation to this is that the youthful musical genius studied for years to be a classical pianist and it really wasn't until 1963 — by which time Thomas Bell had reached the ripe old age of 20 in his native Philadelphia — that he really decided to switch over to pop music seriously.

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