When it came to female Philly soul in the ‘70s First Choice were second to none. The girls were high school friends from Philadelphia who sang together as The Debronettes in the late ’60s. After contacting WDAS Radio DJ Georgie Woods, they were introduced to Philly soul guitarist/songwriter/producer Norman Harris and Delfonics manager Stan Watson.
Their first big breakthrough was the infectious “Armed and Extremely Dangerous” (with its urgent “calling all cars!” intro), a Top 20 R&B/Top 30 pop hit in 1973.
Their rework of Al Green’s “Love and Happiness” is just magnificent. Proper Soul straight from the source.
Unsuprisingly First Choice’s best known songs were released on the Salsoul label a few years later.
In the 80s, the disco influenced house music genre emerged new life was breathed into disco-soul groups like First Choice. “Love Thang” and “Let No Man Put Asunder” began to surface in club DJs’ dance-floor mixes, and were met with loud enthusiasm from the crowd. Possibly bolstered by countless bootlegs, Salsoul issued a 12” single remix of “Let No Man Put Asunder” by DJ Frankie Knuckles. He helped popularize the record by including it in his turntable mixes during his stints at Chicago night club The Warehouse and on his lunchtime “hot mixes” on local radio station WBMX-FM. Delusions was reissued on CD by U.K. label Charly in December 1994.