by Laura Dupler
If you love a little soul, that smooth jazz with lush string melodies and the vibrant burst of brass, you’ll want to join the Philadelphia’s soul community this Sunday on a road trip back to the 1960s as they honor the much-loved Richi Ingui of The Soul Survivors. Richi passed away suddenly at the age of 70 earlier this year.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of the hit Soul Survivors song “Expressway to Your Heart” which reached the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1967. The success of the song contributed to songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in launching their record label, The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP). They produced and highlighted the finest at the peak of the Philadelphia soul genre.
This is a lineup you will not want to miss with multiple friends of the TSOP showing up to celebrate the life of Richi Ingui. The show will feature Charlie Ingui & The Soul Survivors band; David Uosikkinen’s In the Pocket; Roby Hyman, co-founding member of The Hooters; Don Van Winkle of the Philadelphia-based American Dream, who was the main opening act for headliners at the Electric Factory in the ’60s and ’70s; plus many more artists who have influenced Philly soul over the decades.
The memorial & benefit concert is being held at the Underground Arts on Sunday, June 18, from 2pm-6pm. Tickets for the all-ages event are available through the Underground Arts webpage. Friends, family, and fans will gather to revel in the markings of Richi Ingui and The Soul Survivors. For anyone unable to attend, you can still donate to the Richi Ingui Memorial Fund at: https://www.gofundme.com/richie-ingui-memorial-fund.
Last year, Philadelphia RowHome Magazine spoke with Kenny Jeremiah of The Soul Survivors about the history and success of “Expressway to Your Heart”. You can read the full interview on our Issuu page.