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Zach Zachary – The Sound of Philadelphia

You may not know Zach Zachary, but you’ve likely heard his sax playing. Born on July 6th, 1924, Zachary was a key performer, composer and arranger in the Philadelphia International Records house band, MFSB (Mother, Father, Sister, Brother).

Their biggest hit, The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP), was released in 1974 and featured vocals from The Three Degrees. And most recognizably, it became the theme song for “Soul Train”, the 1970s musical variety television show.

Zachary was a part of MFSB for over 30 years. He played at Carnegie Hall and Jimmy Carter’s White House. He performed around the world with musical greats including Lionel Hampton, Ella Fitzgerald, Sammy Davis Jr., Patti LaBelle and Teddy Pendergrass.

Gone but not forgotten, we send a happy heavenly birthday today to Zach Zachary!

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