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The Intruders
  Philly Soul legends The Intruders, features Glenn Montgomery, Larry Williams, and  Phillip Gaye of Philadelphia ,  and lead singer Bobby Star of Baltimore MD. Their signature sound has intruded the hearts of audiences world-wide for more than thirty years.  Formed on the street corners of  Philadelphia this unique vocal quartet has recorded a string of RnB and pop hits including; "Cowboys to Girls", "Together", "(We'll Be) United", "A Love That's Real", "Baby I'm lonely", the collector's classic "I'm Girl Scoutin," and the Mothers Day anthem "I'll Always Love My Mama".

"The Intruders started singing around 1958 with a group of guys standing on the corner.  You know how now they have dancin' on the streets, we used to sing in the streets," reflects Glenn Montgomery on the group's origin.  

The original vocal ensemble featured the Keep-It-Real Soul  Sound of Sam "Little Sonny" Brown, backed by the harmonies of  Eugene "Bird" Daughtrey, Philip "Phil" Terry, and Robert "Big Sonny Edwards.  In 1969 Brown was replaced by Robert "Bobby Starr" Ferguson.  The hits singles and albums continued with the release of the "When We Get Married" album.  The Intruders  distinicive  sound  mirrors the life experiences and struggles of young men and women. As one of the "Gamble and Huff "record label's  first signings, The Intruders helped to establish what is known as the "Philly Sound"  Glenn Montgomery reminices about this experience.

"Like Philadelphia's Motown, Gamble & Huff had a family thing going on.  It was just like being at home singing with your brothers and sisters, at the same time you were in awe of all the stars that were there."

In 1973 Sam "Little Sonny" Brown returned to the group for the hits "Save The Children," "I Wanna Know Your Name,"  and "A Nice Girl Like You." Starr elaborates on the "musical chairs" among personnel.

"When we were performing at the Uptown in Philly, I invited Sonny up on stage. When I would sing, everybody said 'Go Sonny Go,' I said 'No, Sonny's over there!"  He laughs.  "We had fun. I had even suggested we do  a two part lead like The Whispers." 

The Intruders were honored with many gold records and  a star on the Walk of Fame on Broad street in Philadelphia.  Today the Intruders continue to record and perform their smooth harmonies and classic choreography  internationally, and are recognized as one of Philadelphia's best live attractions.
The Intruders with Bobby Starr - "Soul Train" Era
Part II Interview with Bobby Starr
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