Frank Brunson got into the music business in the ’50s, but arguably his greatest success was with the Philadelphia funk group People’s Choice, from whom we get today’s Track of the Day. The group released “Party Is A Groovy Thing” first as a single in 1974 on the TSOP imprint of Philadelphia International Records (which took its name from MFSB’s “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)”), then put it out again the next year on the debut People’s Choice album, Boogie Down U.S.A. Brunson wrote the track, and it was produced by legendary Philly soul producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who were also responsible for starting Philadelphia International and pioneering the Philly sound in late-’60s and early-’70s soul music. Brunson was the only real constant throughout the group’s nearly fifteen-year existence, but health problems in the mid-’80s forced him into disbanding People’s Choice. Brunson ultimately retired to his native Buffalo, NY for more than 20 years, including a stint singing in his church choir, until his death in 2007.
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