Gold Records with Philly International
Grammy Awards with Motown
Throughout the years, there have been several
musicians, on each instrument, in MFSB. There are 3 distinct
periods of MFSB's evolution.
1. Original – Original MFSB featured:
Carl Chambers and Earl Young on drums;
Norman Harris, Roland Chambers and Bobby Eli on guitar;
Winnie Wilford and Ronnie Baker on bass;
Vince Montana and Larry Washington on vibes and percussion,
Leon Huff and Thom Bell on keys.
The original period lasted from the late 1960’s through
the mid 70’s. Songs like Cowboys to Girls, Love Train,
Me and Mrs. Jones, I’ll Be Around, and The Love I
Lost were recorded by the Original MFSB.
2. In-Between-ers – The “In-Between-ers”
Charles Collins on drums;
Michael “Sugar Bear” Foreman on bass;
Dennis Harris and TJ Tindall on guitar;
Leon Huff, Victor Carstarphen, and Lenny Pakula on keys.
This period featured songs like, She Used to be My Girl;
Wake Up Everybody, You’ll Never Find, I Don’t
Love You Anymore, and Enjoy Yourself. This was also the
time Gamble and Huff moved into their world headquarters
at 309 South Broad St. This was an important period, also.
For it proved conclusively that Gamble and Huff could create
hits with whomever they chose. This period lasted from about
1974 through 1976.
3. Music Family – The Music Family featured;
Dennis Harris on guitar;
Keith Benson and Quinton Joseph on drums;
Jimmy Williams on bass;
Leon Huff and Dexter Wansel on keys.
MFSB Music Family was the final incarnation.
While MFSB Original recorded the most Gold
singles – MFSB Music Family recorded
more Gold and Platinum LP’s than any previous group.
This is because MFSB Music Family’s
first recording turned out to be Teddy Pendergrass’
first solo album. “TP” was the biggest selling
artist at “PIR.” And as if recording Philadelphia
International’s biggest artist, ever, wasn’t
enough, MFSB Music Family also recorded
“PIR’s” biggest single, ever, –
Ain’t No Stopping Us Now.
MFSB Music Family stayed on with Gamble
and Huff for seven years, from 1977 until the first PIR
era came to a close, in 1983.
There were other musicians outside the rhythm sections
that also helped to define MFSB –
Zach Zachary, Bobby Martin, Jack Faith, Don Renaldo, Fred
Joiner, the Sweeties (Carla Benson, Evette Benton, Barbara
Ingram), and a few others. However, the only constant throughout
the entire fourteen year run was none other than
Leon Huff – co-founder of Philadelphia
International and MFSB.
Key MFSB Members
Keith Benson, Carl Chambers, Charles Collins, Quinton Joseph,
and Earl Young
Ronnie Baker. Michael “Sugarbear” Foreman, Anthony
Bobby Eli, Dennis Harris, Norman Harris, T Life, and TJ
Victor Carstarphen, Leon Huff, Lenny Pakula, Dexter Wansel
Bobby Martin, Vince Montana, Don Renaldo, the Sweeties,
Larry Washington, Zach Zachary