The Soul Survivors are an R&B/blue-eyed soul group based in Philadelphia that became famous during the late 1960s. Co-founded and fronted by Kenny Jeremiah and brothers Charlie and Richie Ingui (November 15, 1947 - January 13, 2017), the group's other members also included Edward Leonetti (guitar), Paul Venturini (organ), and Joey Forgione (drums). They began in New York in 1962 as The Dedications before relocating to Philadelphia in 1965 where they signed with Crimson Records and became known as The Soul Survivors. The group also began working with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the celebrated songwriting and production team that spearheaded the Philly Soul (TSOP) genre of the late 1960s-1970s. In 1967, The Soul Survivors released their debut album, "When the Whistle Blows, Anything Goes."
The Soul Survivors made their national debut in 1967 with the Kenny Gamble/Leon Huff-penned "Expressway To Your Heart," which became a Top 5 hit on both the R&B and Pop/Rock charts and soon after became a million seller. This iconic funk classic, in which honking horns and other traffic noises can be heard about midway through the song, also topped the regional charts in Philadelphia and New York and became Gamble & Huff's first major hit, bringing the Philly Sound to the national spotlight. This smash was followed in late 1967 by "Explosion (In My Soul)" (a.k.a. "Explosion In Your Soul"), which made the Top 40. The Soul Survivors also had several minor hits with "Impossible Mission (Mission Impossible)" (1968), "Turn Out The Fire" (1968), "Mama Soul" (1969), and "City Of Brotherly Love" (1974).
By the late 1970s, The Soul Survivors had disbanded, but the Ingui brothers reformed the group in 1987 and it has continued to perform to the present day, with some personnel changes along the way. Richie and Charlie Ingui were among the featured artists at the 2016 Marian Anderson Awards ceremony in Philadelphia, performing a medley of soul classics in a tribute concert for Gamble & Huff and Patti LaBelle. Other recent projects include working with David Uosikkinen of The Hooters to record new versions of various Philly soul classics.
- The Philadelphia Inquirer remembers Richie Ingui of The Soul Survivors.
- Charlie Ingui discusses the history of The Soul Survivors and the band's more recent projects in an interview with Gary James on classicbands.com (ca. 2010).
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