Neil Diamond is named this year’s recipient for the Johnny Mercer Award at the 49th Annual Songwriters Hall of Fame induction ceremony.
Bunny Sigler, who helped shape the famous Philadelphia Sound with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, died on 6 October 2017 at 76, following a heart attack.
Bobby Rush, now 82 and one of the great names in southern funk-blues, has signed to Rounder and will release the album Porcupine Meat on 16 September.
Billy Paul, a key representative of the “Philly Soul” sound with his classic 'Me And Mrs. Jones,' died 24 April after a diagnosis with pancreatic cancer.
'Don't Leave Me This Way' prompted Thelma's close-fought UK chart battle with Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes, but in the US, she won hands down.