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McFadden & Whitehead

A Philadelphia songwriting, production, and performing duo who were prominent at Philadelphia International during the '70s, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead also scored a number one R&B hit as vocalists. Their single "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" was number one R&B in 1979 and peaked at number 13 pop. The two were members of the Epsilons as teens, a band that toured with and were managed by Otis Redding until his death in 1967. They later signed with Stax and had a moderate hit in 1970 with "The Echo." When Lloyd Parkes left, McFadden & Whitehead changed their name to Talk of the Town and began working with Gamble & Huff. Although they were being primed to record for North Bay, when Gamble & Huff discovered the duo's writing talents, they decided instead to employ them in that capacity at their label, Philadelphia International.

Their first collaboration came on the Intruders' "I'll Always Love My Mama." They later wrote and/or produced such classics as "Backstabbers" for the O'Jays; "Bad Luck" and "Wake Up Everybody" for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes; and "Let's Groove," "Soul City Walk," "Strategy," and "Don't Let Love Get You Down" for Archie Bell & the Drells. They also worked with Carolyn Crawford and did outside projects during the '70s and '80s with Melba Moore, Gloria Gaynor, Freddie Jackson, Willie Collins, and Beau Williams. The duo cut their own album, McFadden & Whitehead, in 1979 and made more singles for TSOP in 1980 -- including the Top 30 R&B hit "I Heard It in a Love Song" -- and for Capitol in 1982. In 2004, Whitehead was shot and killed, believed to be a victim of mistaken identity. Two years later, McFadden's life was taken by cancer. As of 2013, Whitehead's murder remained unsolved and was a subject of TV One's series Celebrity Crime Files. ~ Ron Wynn, Rovi
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Miss the good old days
Family reunion
Back in the day good songs
Love this message...it was about not be oppressed any longer. Education & prosperity was the goal...final l y attainable:)
Never gonna stop
RIP
ccfaison
Was the Anthem for the Class of 1979 - Lincoln University-P A
That's what music should sound like!!
Awesome track..lest dances like it's 1979!!! Yea!!! Wooooooooo!!
Great jam. One of my favs.
hunterlanede m e t r a
No, stopping toward whatever your pushing and striving for. Motivation!
Don't read this because it actually works. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of ur life. Tomorrow will be the best day of ur life. Now you've started reading their don't stop. This is so scary post this on 5 songs in 143 minutes. When done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters. This is so scary because it actually works.
I'm from Mississippi I love that music!!!
My song they sung this at my son graduation.. . . h a a a a a a y y y y y y y y ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
happy song!
It's no where in the world like Philadelphia home sweet home. ..
LOVE THIS SONG...ALWAY S BRINGS ME UP
The balls
I can remember how uplifted I felt whenever this came on the radio. Trying to revive the vibe.
What an era for great music!
Whenever I'm feeling a down about something... . a l l I have to do is hear this song to pick me up! Ain't No Stopping Me..=)
Old school music?
Polishing up our act- LOVE dis music-
very inspirationa l song. one of my all time 70's favorites. this and Good Times by Chic. now that i think about it '79 was a good year for music.....
Oh what memories! Young and no worries in the world. Wish I were still there.
INCREDIBLE!! ! But my heart is broken now......... . . . . . : ' (
When will the USA become a civilized nation???
eciladams
Great song
Brings back memories my first love at the hide away TJ the DJ!!!!
always good to hear!
never gonna stop
we won't let nothing hold us back!
skating music...oh my what memories
This song will always get you go get up and dance ! :-)
Looove.
I love this song!
It was sad what happen to the guy in the group still a great song good memories of growing up
feel good music ! the rock and the pop rock dance was out than 79 .
This go!
patterson312 4
A wonderful & inspirationa l song!
craig.seiden b e r g
Disco lives best song to date
Seems like my 79 had the best music
This was real music. My son which is 16 yrs old always say It's oldie time. He is so right.
The great Larry Holmes entered the ring to this when he was champion.
Very good & inspirationa l song ,real music
Positive song so real don't let nothin stand in ur way
This jam and D Train's songs were great and delivered a strong positive message.
pamelapeck0
THAT'S RIGHT!! NO STOPPING US NOW!! DR KING WE'RE ON OUR WAY!!
Ain't no one stop you now that's the s**t
This is a rare treat and it brings back a lot of musical as well as other memories.
My all time favorite to dance and sing to
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