Gene McFadden

Gene McFadden (January 28, 1949 – January 27, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is best known as one of the key members of the Philadelphia International record label, and was one-half of the successful team of McFadden & Whitehead with John Whitehead.

Gene McFadden
Born(1949-01-28)January 28, 1949
Olanta, South Carolina, U.S.
DiedJanuary 27, 2006(2006-01-27) (aged 56)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Philly Soul
Occupation(s)Singer, songwriter, record producer
Years active1966–2006
LabelsPhiladelphia International
Associated actsMcFadden & Whitehead
Otis Redding
Gamble & Huff
The O'Jays


McFadden met John Whitehead as a teenager and together they founded the Epsilons, a soul music group. The group was discovered by Otis Redding, who acted as their manager. They later toured with Redding until his death in 1967, after which, they signed with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s Philadelphia International record label. McFadden & Whitehead soon gained attention for their songwriting ability when their song "Back Stabbers", recorded by The O'Jays, went to No. 3 on the Billboard Hot 100. The duo wrote many songs for other Philadelphia International artists and had hits such as Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)", "Bad Luck", The Intruders' "I’ll Always Love My Mama," and their own, "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" (#1 R&B) in 1979.[1] McFadden, along with Whitehead, was instrumental in defining the sound of Philadelphia soul.

McFadden was diagnosed with liver and lung cancer in 2004, and died from the disease at his home in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia on January 27, 2006 (one day shy of his 57th birthday).[2] He was survived by his wife Barbara, two daughters, and two sons.


  1. Tobler, John (1992). NME Rock 'N' Roll Years (1st ed.). London: Reed International Books Ltd. p. 327. CN 5585.
  2. "Gene McFadden". February 3, 2006. Retrieved December 3, 2017.

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