Philadelphia Music Alliance

Philadelphia Music Alliance Community-based, nonprofit organization that increases awareness of Philadelphia's great musical traditions and continually revitalizing the city's art and more.

Mission
To preserve and promote Philadelphia’s rich musical legacy and support the current music scene. Description
Through the Philadelphia Walk of Fame and other programs, the Philadelphia Music Alliance honors the past, embraces the present and nurtures the future of Philadelphia music and more.

Mission
To preserve and promote Philadelphia’s rich musical legacy and support the current music scene. Description
Through the Philadelphia Walk of Fame and other programs, the Philadelphia Music Alliance honors the past, embraces the present and nurtures the future of Philadelphia music and more.

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Ed Hurst, longtime radio and TV broadcaster in Philly, dies at 94
11/13/2020
Ed Hurst, longtime radio and TV broadcaster in Philly, dies at 94

Ed Hurst, longtime radio and TV broadcaster in Philly, dies at 94

Without Ed Hurst, there would be no Dick Clark, Clark once said. Mr. Hurst came up with the idea of having dancers in the studio and interviewing them. American Bandstand grew from that format.

11/06/2020

Today we honor the life and legacy of Philadelphia Music Alliance inductee Len Barry, who sadly passed away yesterday.

Len, aka Lenny Borisoff, was the first blue-eyed soul singer. He was true to his craft and was a West Philly guy to his core. He never changed. He was true to his roots. Len embraced Rhythm and Blues and Soul Music from the late 50’s during his high school years at Overbrook High. “We knew each other from the neighborhood and shared the love of the same music," says legendary promoter Larry Magid.

With his blue eyes sparkling, Lenny headed up a group out of Overbrook High named The Dovells. They were a hit from the start and had several hit records including Bristol Stomp and You Can’t Sit Down. Both hit number one one the charts. Len left The Dovells to start a solo career. His first record 1-2-3 became an instant hit and a staple of rock and Roll music. “After leaving the group, Lenny and I hooked up. I was a booker just starting out. We played college gigs and clubs all over the East and Mid Atlantic states. He was a great live performer with an engaging personality. He paved the way for other blue-eyed soul singers. More important he was a good friend. I will miss him and those great early days together.”

RIP to Philly broadcast legend and Walk of Famer Ed Hurst.
10/31/2020
Legendary broadcaster Ed Hurst dies at age 94

RIP to Philly broadcast legend and Walk of Famer Ed Hurst.

MARGATE — Atlantic City native Ed Hurst, one of the longest serving broadcasters in American history and a radio icon, died Friday at home here. He was 94.

Movement to preserve Sigma Sound advances to city's Historical Commission - The Key
10/23/2020
Movement to preserve Sigma Sound advances to city's Historical Commission - The Key

Movement to preserve Sigma Sound advances to city's Historical Commission - The Key

Sigma Sound Studios | photo by Arthur Stoppe The City of Philadelphia’s Committee on Historic Designation unanimously voted yesterday to recommend the former Sigma Sound Studios be designated a historic space. The building that was the birthplace of countless classics, … Continued

10/12/2020
Daryl Hall - Something in 4/4 Time (1977)

Happy 74th birthday to Daryl Hall.

Daryl Hall, vocals, keyboards & synths Robert Fripp, guitars & frippertronics Kenny Passarelli, bass guitar Roger Pope, drums Caleb Quaye, guitars

07/16/2020
Music Traveler

Music Traveler

#SisterRosettaTharpe is one of the most influential artists of the 20th century! Her showmanship on the newly electrified guitar played a vital role in the conception of Rock & Roll as a genre of music. ^_^

#RESPECT #ROCKANDROLL

RIP Sharon Paige, the sweet voice that drives #1 R&B Hit "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" by Walk of Famers Harold Me...
07/08/2020
Sharon Paige, Philly soul singer, has died

RIP Sharon Paige, the sweet voice that drives #1 R&B Hit "Hope That We Can Be Together Soon" by Walk of Famers Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.

Ms. Paige was best known for her duet with Teddy Pendergrass on the enduring 1975 Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes hit “Hope That We Can Be Together Soon.”

93.3 WMMR Philadelphia
06/22/2020

93.3 WMMR Philadelphia

Happy birthday to a Philly native and Pierre’s fellow Walk Of Fame inductee, Todd Rundgren!

📸: Cain Images

Philadelphia Inquirer​ suggests Walk of Famers Marian Anderson​ and Billie Holiday​ as top candidates to replace the jus...
06/05/2020
3 black Philadelphians whose statues should replace Frank Rizzo | Opinion

Philadelphia Inquirer​ suggests Walk of Famers Marian Anderson​ and Billie Holiday​ as top candidates to replace the just-removed #FrankRizzo statue.

As Philadelphia begins the healing process, we must ensure future memorials reflect the city’s diversity and tell a more complete story.

6abc Action News checks in on our charity partners at Musicopia to see how they are faring throughout the pandemic.#musi...
05/28/2020
The show must go on: Philly music and dancing schools groove online

6abc Action News checks in on our charity partners at Musicopia to see how they are faring throughout the pandemic.

#musiceducation

"These are programs that were supposed to be meant for kids that didn't have a lot." Community Journalist Matteo shows us how music and dance classes went virtual.

Hometown Hero: Randy Brecker
05/24/2020
Hometown Hero: Randy Brecker

Hometown Hero: Randy Brecker

By Shaun Brady | Photo by Attila Kleb Trumpet great Randy Brecker is a legendarily prolific voice across the worlds of jazz, rock, pop, and R&B. He became a pioneer of jazz-rock fusion with Blo…

Folk DJ Gene Shay Dies of the Coronavirus at 85
04/19/2020
Folk DJ Gene Shay Dies of the Coronavirus at 85

Folk DJ Gene Shay Dies of the Coronavirus at 85

Gene Shay, a folk DJ who spent a half-century on the Philadelphia airwaves and helped promote the careers of Bob Dylan, Joni Mitchell and countless others, has died of complications of the coronavirus. Shay, 85, who had been hospitalized in recent weeks, died Friday, according to WXPN-FM station man...

Todd Rundgren on the Future of Virtual Touring
04/16/2020
Todd Rundgren on the Future of Virtual Touring

Todd Rundgren on the Future of Virtual Touring

When your place of pandemic quarantine is Hawaii, the temptation might be to just to enjoy the environs. But Todd Rundgren is staying busy with a couple of recording projects -- and some intriguing plans for the future.

Health update on our beloved Walk of Famer and former PMA Board Member Gene Shay. Our thoughts and hopes are with you, G...
04/12/2020
Gene Shay Recovery Fund organized by Angela Dowdy

Health update on our beloved Walk of Famer and former PMA Board Member Gene Shay. Our thoughts and hopes are with you, Gene!

Gene Shay, 85, legendary folk DJ and co-founder of the Philadelphia Folk Festival, is in the ICU … Angela Dowdy needs your support for Gene Shay Recovery Fund

Address

1601 Market St Ste 1500
Philadelphia, PA
19103-2301

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Chairman Alan Rubens Time Life Vice Chairman Mia Tinari, Esq. Nino V. Tinari & Associates MCT Entertainment LLC Treasurer Stephen A. Cohen Morris J. Cohen & Company Secretary Christianna LaBuz World Café Live at the Queen Historian / Archivist George Manney Award winning filmmaker, EMMY nominated producer-composer Philly Pop Music PMA Advisory Council Mark Schultz The Recording Academy Publicity Randy Alexander Randex Communications / Board Member [email protected] www.randexpr.com

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(215) 717-0554

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Hey fellow music lovers! The LONG awaited sequel to “88+ Ways Music Can Change Your Life” was finally published on New Year’s Eve (both paperback & eBook) --- ”88 MORE Ways Music Can Change Your Life”. This edition is filled with 100+ new stories we’ve collected over the last 5 years (including a number from the Philly area, such as “In The Pocket” and John Byrne) of how music has affected people’s lives around the world, from folks like you and me to celebrities. WE DONATE 80% of the proceeds to music education & service non-profits, so you can feel good knowing that YOUR support is helping to introduce more children to the wonderful world of music making, reaping the educational, therapeutic and social benefits of playing music AND providing sunshine with live & recorded music to the bedsides of patients in healthcare facilities! www.amazon.com/MORE-Ways-Music-Change-Your/dp/0998363715
Jazz saxophonist Charlie Ventura was among the city's first "Walk of Fame" honorees. He received his star in 1994. "Adventure with Charlie/Expanded Edition," is a Jasmine record release slated for January that celebrates this fondly-remembered jazz icon by way of two superb sessions: A 1953 live outing recording at New York City's Band Box nightclub that featured Charlie with The Gene Krupa Jazz Trio. Second is a 1957 recording that was barely released, and featured Charlie's "young lions" band of Billy Bean, Johnny Coates, Jr., Tony DiNicola and Gus Nemeth. Charlie Ventura played an important role in my personal and professional life, and I'm proud to have served as this project's producer. Watch Facebook for release date and availability.
One in a series of possible covers for "Adventure with Charlie," featuring the legendary, Philadelphia Walk of Fame honoree Charlie Ventura, coming in January via UK's Jasmine Records.
Help Celebrate Make Music Philly this Sunday, June 21st! There is still time to register your LIVE or Virtual event for Make Music Day at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org where the “Listings” page is now live! You can stream from your living room, your driveway, front yard or any place you can do it while staying safe. We’ll also be simulcasting a dozen performers from Noon to 6 PM on both the Make Music Philly FB page and the Delco Quarantine Open Mic FB Group. Other local highlights include: * FMC Tower & Cira Centre in Philadelphia will join buildings & landmarks across the country “lighting up” in orange for #MakeMusicDay on the evening of June 21st * Philly Producer/DJ Ben ‘Arsenal’ Schneible is accepting music samples now through June 21st and will LIVE-stream the process of assembling a Make Music Philly track on June 21st from 2 to 5 PM. Email music samples to: [email protected] and check the Make Music Philly FB page June 20-21st to see where to watch the Livestream. Let's share our Philly musical spirit by participating in this WORLD WIDE event happening everywhere! Register your events at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org and post & follow us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MakeMusicPhilly the latest updates.
Make Music Philly is BACK for 2020 – Check it out! Make Music Day is just a couple weeks away and MAKE MUSIC PHILLY signups are ongoing at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org - Virtual events and looks like a few In-Person events with Social Distancing in place - Newsletter going out tomorrow to all previous Make Music Philly participants - Here's some of what's happening: 1) LIVE from HOME - Live stream a musical performance form your living room or backyard that day - register your event at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org - list of events will go live on the website in early June 2) Bedroom Studios in Philly - Contribute to a collaborative recording studio track by sending in your own samples - more info coming soon... 3) Teach Music Online Week - Music schools and musicians are encouraged to offer free online music lessons during the week leading up to Make Music Day (June 15-21). Let's share our Philly musical spirit by participating in this WORLD WIDE event happening everywhere - Register your events at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org and post your questions/feedback in the comments - we'll be checking and replying to questions every day until June 21st...thanks!! 🥁🎵💕 https://www.facebook.com/MakeMusicPhilly/
Make Music Day is just 3 weeks away and MAKE MUSIC PHILLY signups are ongoing at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org - Virtual events and looks like a few In-Person events with Social Distancing in place - Newsletter going out tomorrow to all previous Make Music Philly participants - Here's some of what's happening: 1) LIVE from HOME - Live stream a musical performance form your living room or backyard that day - register your event at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org - list of events will go live on the website in early June 2) Bedroom Studios in Philly - Contribute to a collaborative recording studio track by sending in your own samples - more info coming soon... 3) Teach Music Online Week - Music schools and musicians are encouraged to offer free online music lessons during the week leading up to Make Music Day (June 15-21). Let's share our Philly musical spirit by participating in this WORLD WIDE event happening everywhere - Register your events at www.MakeMusicPhilly.org and post your questions/feedback in the comments - we'll be checking and replying to questions every day until June 21st...thanks!! 🥁🎵💕 https://www.facebook.com/MakeMusicPhilly/
🦋 WATCH! A HAPPY 84TH “drive by” (actually a park by 😄) for Philly’s First R&R Star CHARLIE GRACIE last evening! Over 100 either drove through or parked parked by the two Gracie residences to honor Charlie...who was taken back by all the love. “I JUST HOPE THEY KNOW HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM TOO,” said Charlie. Thanks to all of you who participated. God Bless you all. It was FABULOUS!❣️❤️😘🎂
Join us for the British Invasion Mashup, take a seat with the South Philly Acoustic Jam and play British music in an urban “campfire- like” musical style. We provide a unique Mashup culture where everyone sings, many will dance to their favorite song and some will bring a guitar and play from the audience. All is good! RSVP: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/british-invasion-musical-mashup-tickets-93601977033 Don’t expect a band performance, this is a community party of music and fun focused on the British songs of our generations, British songs that changed American lives, popular songs from the generational almanacs of British cool. If you are a musician consider join our jam group or dropping in on the event. Check here https://www.meetup.com/southphillyjam/events/268515287/
www.brynmawrtwilightconcerts.com Lucy Kaplansky, Jonatha Brooke, Susan Werner, Christine Havrilla, Denise Moser, Blair Bodine, Jonathan Doh, Richard Douglass,Bruce Rits Gilbert, Matt Lyons, Mark Wallace, John Gorka, Steve Forbert, others......Get tkts now - season kicks off May 23.