From time to time there are labels that showcase the music that defines a city. For example, Sub Pop in Seattle, Stax in Memphis, Motown in Detroit, T.K. Records in Maimi, and Chess Records in Chicago. Philadelphia International Records (PIR) was a label based in Philadelphia that was famous for showcasing what became known as the Philly Sound. During the 1970s the label released a string of worldwide hits including the following, celebrated here with Authentic, First Presentation, First-State RIAA White Mattes:

Billy Paul “Me And Mrs. Jones” was released in September 1972, certified RIAA gold on 12/4/72 and reached #1 on the Billboard charts…


The inscription on the back tells a part of the PIR growth story…

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Ojays “Love Train” Gold RIAA 45 White Matte

 The O’Jays vocal and choreographic act consistently provided some of the most memorable R&B records of the early 70’s. “Love Train” was their first–and only–number 1 single. The O’Jays “Love Train” Released:1/73 Certified Gold: 2/9/73 Peak Chart Position: #1 CBS Sales …. had offices around the country in a successful effort to sell the music […]

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