By Chris M. Junior
MFSB, the longtime house band for Philadelphia International Records, has been selected by the Philadelphia Music Alliance as one of its newest walk of fame inductees, the nonprofit organization announced Sept. 12.
All inductees will be honored Oct. 24 with bronze plaques along the city’s Avenue of the Arts. The class of 2013 also includes the Salsoul Orchestra, John Davis and the Monster Orchestra, Vince Montana Jr., Gene Shay, Joel Dorn, Madara and White, Jerry Ross and Peter Richard Conte.
Working out of Philadelphia’s now-legendary Sigma Sound Studios, MFSB recorded with such PIR artists as The O’Jays and Billy Paul. The group also backed other labels’ acts, among them The Stylistics and The Spinners. In 1974, MFSB hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with the mostly instrumental song “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia),” which was the longtime theme for TV’s “Soul Train.”
The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will begin at noon Oct. 24 in front of the DoubleTree hotel at 237 S. Broad St.