McFadden and Whitehead
thinks that these guys have got it going on. Gene McFadden and John Whitehead
are legendary songwriters that helped form what is now known worldwide
as the "Philly Sound". Excellent songwriters, the duo wrote an impressive
string of top hits for some of America's top acts, including The O'Jays
(Backstabbers), Archie Bell & The Drells (Let's Groove, Don't Let
Love Get You Down) and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (Wake Up Everybody,
They got their start as members of the Epsilons, a group that toured throughout
the 1960's and was managed by Otis Redding. The Epsilons changed their
name to Talk of the Town, and began working with the legendary composer/producers
Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff. Gamble & Huff knew a good thing when
they saw it, and they signed Gene and John to their Philadelphia International
label. The duo wrote the aforementioned string of blockbuster hits for
Gamble & Huff, and decided that with disco starting to take off in
the U.S., it was a great time to strike out again as performers.
Their first single "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" was a huge club hit, going
to number one on the UK & U.S. R&B charts and number thirteen
on the pop charts. Featuring an elegant string orchestration, and a melody
that builds to a crescendo, the song is a true treasure. It's positive
message and sweeping vibe has made the song an all-purpose anthem for
anyone that refuses to be held down any more". Right on.
Unfortunately, they have yet to top this early success on the charts.
McFadden & Whitehead have steadily worked as writers and producers
however. Their list of clients is a virtual who's-who of soul and disco,
including names like Gloria Gaynor, Freddie Jackson, the O'Jays and Melba
Moore. The group signed with the TSOP label in 1979 and had a minor hit
with "I Heard It In A Love Song" in 1980.