Lost Gem: Philadelphia's The Futures saw love in "Silhouettes"

Another of a seemingly endless string of quality soul groups to come out of Philadelphia in the late 60s and early 70s, the Futures never rose to the upper echelon of Soul Music artists, but nonetheless created a number of fine releases.

Consisting of Kenny Crew, James King, John King, Harry McGilberry and Frank Washington, the Futures formed in Philly in the late 60s and hooked up with hitmakers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, signing with Gamble Records in 1971. They first hit the charts in 1973 with "Love Is Here," a wonderful soul ballad that made it halfway up the charts (the song was later remade in fine fashion by the Dramatics). However, trouble at Gamble Records led the Futures to an ill-fated stay at Buddah before returning to Gamble's Philadelphia International Records in 1978.

Another of a seemingly endless string of quality soul groups to come out of Philadelphia in the late 60s and early 70s, the Futures never rose to the upper echelon of Soul Music artists, but nonetheless created a number of fine releases.

Consisting of Kenny Crew, James King, John King, Harry McGilberry and Frank Washington, the Futures formed in Philly in the late 60s and hooked up with hitmakers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, signing with Gamble Records in 1971. They first hit the charts in 1973 with "Love Is Here," a wonderful soul ballad that made it halfway up the charts (the song was later remade in fine fashion by the Dramatics). However, trouble at Gamble Records led the Futures to an ill-fated stay at Buddah before returning to Gamble's Philadelphia International Records in 1978.

The group's 1979 PIR debut, Past Present and the Futures, was a prototypical Gamble and Huff project, filled with excellent arrangements and generally strong material. While they had a hit with, "Party Time Man," for our money their smooth remake of the 50's classic "Silhouettes" from the next year's The Greetings of Peace was perhaps the group's biggest, unheralded winner. Check it out below: it is our newest SoulTracks Lost Gem. Tell us if you remember this one. 

By Chris Rizik

 
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