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Bell & James are an American soul/R&B duo from Philadelphia, PA. Both artists played in Special Blend before they began writing songs together. Bell’s uncle Tom Bell got them signed to Philadelphia International Records. They wrote songs for Elton John, MFSB, The O’Jays, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Freda Payne, Phyllis Hyman, The Three Degrees and more before A&M Records took notice and signed them to a one album deal in 1978. Three albums and several singles followed, including “Living It Up (Friday Night)”, which reached No. 7 on the Billboard R&B singles chart and No. 15 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1979. The song sold one million copies in the United States and reached No. 59 on the UK Singles Chart.