In the Spring of 1988, following the closing of some legendary discos and bars in the region, Kenny Ebo (of the WDAS-FM party animals) approached Tee Alford following one of his concert sets at Temple University. Ebo's vision was to elevate the underground popularity of the post-disco/club music sounds that Tee had been cultivating around Philly's college dance events since 1985.
In September of that same year, Pleasure Seekers Productions was created by Kenny Ebo, Robert Bynum, Jeff Brown, Doug Clark & Tee Alford as resident, with it's first Sunday nite dance at Club Impulse. The group would brand itself the "Keepers of the House" and soon after, this small North Philly venue located at the intersection of Broad Street, Germantown & Erie Avenues, would become the epicenter for the ermerging club sound of New York, New Jersey, Chicago & Detroit. The genre coined "House music" had been introduced to a young energetic urban audience and was no longer relegated to Philadelphia's underground bars and discotechs of the past.
As word spread from suburban Delaware and Pennsylvania to Trenton, NJ, the block long lines to enter each week and the Pleasure Seekers party lore would grow as well. Tee's weekly guest sets on Philly's first house music urban radio show (WDAS) would further push the cultural impact on city nightlife, record retail, clothing fashion, local radio-television programming & advertisement. For all that experienced the love, culture and energy of soul dance music from the mid-80s until the final closing party in 1991, it was unquestionably the 'original house music party' to inspire Philadelphia's future generations of deejays, producers & club event promoters.
Some of Philly's internationally reknown music tastemakers & acclaimed entertainers that were among the regular dance floor patrons at those early Pleasure Seeker's events include: King Britt, Vikter Duplaix, DJ Ran, Tiffany Bacon, Lee Jones, Josh Wink, Colby Colb, Paul Williams, the late Lisa Lopes (of TLC), Charlie Mack, Kwame, Three Times Dope, June Lopez + many, many others.
We want to thank the scores of PSP-KoH members, promoters and support staff that helped make this an unforgettable period to socialize and dance in Philadelphia. We cannot forget to make grand mention of the resident guest DJs that graced the decks for the Keepers of the House events. In no specific order they are: the late Eric "E.C. LaRock" Coston, the late Phillip Dickerson, the late Todd 1, the late Mixin' Mark Watson, Jeff Mills, Sean 'Jodi' Diaz, Keith Alexander & Gil Knight.
Special mention to James 'J.T.' Turner, Edward Mack, Dave Morgan & Wade Redcross of Release Productions (1985-1989). Without this event team, the early seeds of Philly's new music sound could never have been planted firmly during the pivotal Temple years. Much is owed to their vision when no one else believed.
On OCTOBER 13th, friends, dancers, audiophiles and college-high school alum of the Sunday Nite Impulse massive are invited to reunite! Together we will dance to pay homage to the many Philly disco-soul artists/deejay legends that paved the way, while reliving the memories of a party era that redefined the city in the 80s......
Tee Alford is no newcomer to the dance music scene. He has been building an entertainment following even before arriving as a Temple University freshman in 1984. Quickly seeing the need to diversify and expand the soul music dance community, he injected his unique view of music into the Philadelphia college social scene. Although this sound was not well received at first, the region would soon take notice of the enthusiasm at his well attended dance concerts both on and off campus. Major productions during the city's annual public events, like the Pan-Hellenic Greek Picnic in Fairmount Park and Penn Relays (1986-1992), provided a larger platform to showcase his event planning & DJ talents.
In 1988, Tee auditioned for Eric Coston to join the lineup on Philly's first "House music" radio mix show on WDAS-FM. That very same year, he began his first solo club residency on Sunday nights at Club Impulse with station mate, Kenny Ebo & friends. The rest is history. Those early successes would pave the way in the 90s thru today for noted DJ appearances at NYC's Club Shelter, in Europe, Canada and music/remix production & distribution under Funky People Records®, Joint Ventures Group & Blaze Productions.
The challenges of other business endeavors, a technical career and untimely family tragedies have taken Tee away from his entertainment calling on multiple occasions. But things have come full circle for his brand and reputation in recent years. This past January 2013, nearly 25 years after his first radio appearance, he launched his own weekly 2 hour radio mix show on WURD-AM 900 in Philadelphia. There are certainly more creative chapters on the horizon for the Funky People® nation as Tee heads his lifestyle, professional networking and entertainment group well into the future.
Read Tee's full profile & music discography at: https://soundcloud.com/tee-alford or follow his event activities via social media at www.FunkyPeopleOnline.com
TUNE IN every THURSDAY, 7-9pm for the FUNKY PEOPLE® RADIO Live Show on 900 AM WURD or download any missed broadcast from: soundcloud.com/tee-alford/sets/wurd-funky-people-radio-live