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Nella Dodds
Nella Dodds
The roots of the Philly soul sounds of the 1970s were provided by such soulful-voiced vocalists as Nella Dodds. Working with Dynodynamic Productions, a company owned by Weldon McDougall of doo wop vocal group the Larks, Jimmy Bishop, Luther Randolph, and Johnny Stiles, Dodds recorded with the accompaniment of the Larks' backup band. Although her debut single, "Come See About Me," reached number 74 on the Billboard charts, it was obscured after the tune was covered by the Supremes. Dodds' second release, "Finders Keepers," written by Kenny Gamble, just barely broke into the Top 100. Although she continued to release singles throughout the 1960s, Dodds failed to live up to her early promise.
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