a brief history
Thomas Randolph "Thom" Bell (born January 26, 1943) is a Jamaican-born American songwriter, arranger and producer, best known as one of the creators, along with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, of the Philadelphia style of soul music in the 1970s. He moved to Philadelphia as a child.
Following a stint with Gamble's group, The Romeos, Bell conducted
and arranged for Chubby Checker, eventually writing for him.
Later, through Cameo Records, he produced the Delfonics' classics,
"La La Means I Love You" and "Didn't I Blow
Your Mind This Time."
With Bell's collaboration with Gamble and Huff, the classic
Philly Soul sound would begin to take shape. With the help
of Bell's impeccable arrangements, they churned out such smash
records as Jerry Butler's, "Only The Strong Survive,"
Billy Paul's, "Me and Mrs. Jones," and Harold Melvin
& The Blues Notes classic "If You Don't Know Me By
Now." With the O'Jays, they scored such classic hits
like "Back Stabbers," "Love Train," and
"For The Love Of Money."
In the 70's, Bell branched out on his own to produce records
for Johnny Mathis, The Spinners and Deniece Williams during
the early 80's.