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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
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Track List: McFadden & Whitehead

1. Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now

2. I've Been Pushed Aside

3. Mr. Music

4. Just Wanna Love You Baby

5. Got To Change

6. You're My Someone To Love

7. I Got The Love

8. Do You Want To Dance

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moleculematt
Such fun music.
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What a fun song......
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IT'S very sad to hear that two great singers and talented songwriters died the way they did......... .
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mysteriousst r a n g e r s 8 6
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Ain't No Stoppin 'Us Now... No nothing
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robincemonia
First song out the box!!THANK YOU PANDORA!!!!!
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Real music!
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When I was younger when I heard Ain't No Stopping Us Now I thought they was saying "We're on the moon" LMFAO!
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youngmaddy9
RIP McFadden & Whitehead
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Music does not come with a color, why try to label it. If you feel it, go with it.!!
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Wow what can I say! Real inspiring music that got you out your seat and on the dance floor.
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Still a cool sound . Still fresh!!!
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mwkinney
Back when black people were cool and didn't try to come across as a bunch of degenerates like these rappers. This music is so good. Heavy metal + this R&B (and Kool and the Gang).. weird combo but if we turn back time on black music, that would be fantastic.
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Back in the year of "79", right out of high school, no football, track, wrestling, all behind me, I took up the art of "boxing", and as an amateur boxer, back in the day, the gym was filled with the "BOOM BOX", mine, the JVC with that one, big speaker dead center, bumping out the rythem and base, which made us move around that gym and ring with such grace, helped us to endure the pain, and this was my song, as at that time, was the great "LARRY HOLMES", also. He was the "CHAMP", and like him, th
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That was a time that Fathers and Mothers stayed together, families loved one another and it was just a great era.
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Love this era .....aint nothing like it❤
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Love this song,,good memories,gre a t times!!!
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just cant get enough
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zurc521
This was a song that gave us so much excitement.. . . . . T r u l y Magical
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Basic training I recall this Great song 1979
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jcdan3
OMG! This takes me back when I was a little girl at the park with my parents!! Good times!
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Heard these songs for years and 9 out of 10 times these acts die a horrible death. Talent gone too soon so sad just my opinion.
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~HAPPIER music`happie r TIMES~Aint No Stopping Us Now by McFadden & Whitehead~ma k e s my heart smile!!
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When your ear and heart connect your soul will always be touched by great music.
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Awesome song!!!
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aestrada223
Disco didn't die, we just lost our love for dancing and figured sitting around listening to cry babying rap was better. Let them try to dance to that stuff when there're in their 50s, not. LOL.
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This is old school and I just love it.
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ieasley4
This was my inspiration song.
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CAN ANYBODY TELL ME WHY DISCO DIED ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC
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Club days Great
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Rip MrMc Fafdden & Mr. Whitehead I was 13 years when this song came out smile.. Thanks again for your music I haven't stop dancing yet..love you two smile..

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This song means so much to me now, then and critical points in my life. A breath off fresh air
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Theses cats brought it "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now- I love it . Philly cats
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This Philly cats brought it - "Ain't
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rf2nd
Best music was in the 70s when the world went from black 'n white to color before millennial noise. 70s can't be beat. Best decade for pop culture ever.
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They don't make them like this anymore
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YEAH BABY! OLD SCHOOLCLASSI C ! !
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my jam to this day
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Jam on...Aint No Stoppin' Us Now...proud to be oldschool jam on!!
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This song is one of the show stoppers and we still party to this and will always be one of philly top group for writing and performing
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ketchumcarol 2
they got the rhythem
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They Don't Know How Much I Like This SONG
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This is one of the few songs that Luther Vandross could not duplicate the sound and make it sound better than the original artist. On a personal note, this should have been our High School graduation song (yes I'm dating my self- Detroit Benedictine Ravens 1979) for when it came out in 1979, there was no doubt it fit our class. It's a timeless song that played today reminds people of where they were and what they were doing.
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lets bring back disco and end the vilene and racial tension because its all bull you know what
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This was our volleyball teams theme song going out to Nationals! Great memories
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They were jamming back then. There was no stopping us.
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THEY PLAYED THIS TO DEATH
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aldrenad
Good ole days
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When I need encouragemen t ...this is my go to song! I know everything will be okay! Negative people step back!!
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