The Intruders – 1968 – Cowboys To Girls

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One of the sweetest soul records ever made, it gets to your soul.
I like almost every song of their discography.

A very rare find. Never released on cd (only their greatest hits).
It took me a long time to find a near mind copy of this vinyl to rip it for you, soul brothers and sisters. So this is your only chance to have the complete original album ([email protected]) of this wonderful vocal group.

The Intruders were instrumental in helping define what would become known as Philly Soul. This vocal quartet was the first signing to Gamble & Huff’s Excel label (changed soon after to Gamble Records) in 1965. With these records, Gamble & Huff began to develop the production style which would reach its peak in the ’70s with the O’Jays, Billy Paul, and Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes.

The Intruders’ trademark was the endearingly off-key lead vocals of Sam “Little Sonny” Brown. Brown’s shaky voice was a good match for such novelty numbers as “(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game,” and the R & B number one “Cowboys To Girls.” He also projected a warm innocence on romantic ballads.

Tracks

A1.Cowboys To Girls 2.40
A2. Turn The Hands Of Time 2.30
A3. (So Glad Iā€™m) Yours 2.40
A4. It Must Be Love 2.34
A5. Call Me 3.05
A6. Sad Girl 1.55
B1. (Love Is Like) A Baseball Game 2.45
B2. Friends No More 2.48
B3. By The Time I Get To Phoenix 3.51
B4.Everyday Is A Holiday 2.22
B5. Good For Me Girl 2.30

The Intruders cracked the pop charts with the title cut, which is still their best-known song. It topped the R&B hit list and made it to number six on the pop side. The rest of the album have wonderful ballads, and was their biggest LP overall.

As the first group to score hits with the songwriting/production team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the Intruders played a major role in the rise of Philadelphia soul, but are sometimes lost in the shuffle amid better-known acts like the O’Jays or Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. The Intruders were originally formed as a doo wop group in 1960, and sang around Philadelphia for several years. Lead singer Sam “Little Sonny” Brown, Eugene “Bird” Daughtry, Phil Terry, and Robert “Big Sonny” Edwards signed with Gamble and Huff’s fledgling Gamble label in 1966. They scored a Top 20 R&B hit that year with “(We’ll Be) United” and followed it up a year later with “Together” as well as their first album, The Intruders Are Together. 1968, though, was the Intruders’ breakthrough year: “Cowboys to Girls” a template for what would become Philly soul’s trademark sound, topped the R&B charts and climbed to number six on the pop side, giving the group their biggest hit.The follow-up, “(Love Is Like A) Baseball Game,” was their only other Top 40 pop hit, and the accompanying LP, Cowboys to Girls, wound up their most popular.Gamble and Huff’s success with the Intruders helped convince Columbia to grant them the money to launch Philadelphia International, which became the most successful soul label of the early ’70s.

The Intruders, meanwhile, were undergoing some internal turmoil; when they resurfaced on the 1970 Gamble LP When We Get Married, lead singer “Little Sonny” Brown had been replaced by nightclub singer Bobby Starr (born Robert Ferguson). The title cut, a Dreamlovers cover, was a hit on the R&B charts, as was the follow-up, “(Win, Place or Show) She’s a Winner.” Starr’s tenure with the group was short-lived; Brown returned for the 1973 LP Save the Children, which spawned the Intruders’ last two big hits, “I’ll Always Love My Mama” and “I Wanna Know Your Name.” For the 1974 follow-up, Energy of Love, the Intruders were switched from the Gamble imprint to the Philly International subsidiary TSOP; however, it was less successful than the quartet’s previous releases, and they disbanded in 1975.

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7 Comments
  • Chris
    Posted at 00:09h, 03 March 2009 Reply

    GREAT POST!!! I didn’t know this record is as rare-at least in good condition-as it is. As you said and I researched it, too, there is no CD or iTunes version as of yet. AWESOME JOB. Thanks

  • Anonymous
    Posted at 00:05h, 08 September 2009 Reply

    Hi,

    THe link appears to be dead.

  • Jimmy
    Posted at 00:15h, 28 September 2009 Reply

    Hello. Thanks for sharing such a rare soul gem.

  • M
    Posted at 06:19h, 18 August 2011 Reply

    Thanks Nikos!

  • carter
    Posted at 08:17h, 22 August 2011 Reply

    It’s killing me that track links won’t play!

  • joesph
    Posted at 22:58h, 24 February 2012 Reply

    šŸ™‚ !!!!!!!!! thanks

  • SsippiRedd
    Posted at 09:14h, 06 July 2018 Reply

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