The Intruders often get lost among the myriad groups associated with the Philly Soul sound, but it was this group that helped to introduce The Sound of Philadelphia to the world. As a doo-wop group in the early 1960s, Sam “Little Sonny” Brown, Eugene “Bird” Daughtry, Phillip “Phil” Terry, and Robert “Big Sonny” Edwards were regulars on the street corners of North Philadelphia, gracing neighbors and passersby with their doo-wop harmonies. In 1965 they teamed up with songwriters/producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff to launch the independent label Gamble Records, soon to become Philadelphia International. In 1967 The Intruders released their debut album The Intruders Are Together and began touring the U.S., performing at venues in Las Vegas and Atlanta as well as New York’s legendary Apollo Theater, The Howard Theater in Washington, D.C., and The Uptown Theater in their hometown of Philadelphia. The following year they released their follow-up album Cowboys To Girls, containing the single of the same name, which shot to number one on the R&B chart and made it to number six on the pop chart. The album also contained another top ten hit, “(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game.” Future albums would also produce top ten singles, among them “I Wanna Know Your Name,” “When We Get Married,” and the unofficial Mother’s Day anthem “I’ll Always Love My Mama. Today, surviving members Terry and Edwards continue to tour and perform, captivating audiences with the sounds of Sweet Philly soul just like they did over forty years ago.
Montrose Cunningham is an independent funk/rock/soul artist and devoted music aficionado residing in Dallas, Texas. When he isn’t digging through the crates–digital and analog–he’s jamming with his band or hanging with his daughter, sometimes at the same time. Purchase his latest release “Inertia” at www.MontroseMusic.com, visit him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter @MontroseC.