By Mark Uricheck
“We were so insolate, we really didn’t think outside of town.”
—Daryl Hall on the birth of Philadelphia soul.
Philadelphia musicians are instilled with a sense of rogue pride, focused musicianship and, quite fittingly, independence. They imitate no one. How could they not be fiercely individualistic? After all, for over 200 years, their city has claimed firsts—from the nation’s first art school to the nation’s first zoo and its first hospital. And perhaps it is here that the birth pangs of the rock ‘n’ roll era itself were first felt.