Hailing from West Philadelphia, Weldon Arthur McDougal III has contributed to the musical evolution of the Sound of Philadelphia for over four decades. As a songwriter, recording artist, group bandleader and independent producer, he has helped shape and influence the creation and development of Philly sound since the early 1960s.
As a founding member and co-owner of the now legendary Harthon/Dynodynamics record labels alongside Luther Randolph and Johnny Stiles, Weldon produced diverse local Philly artists including Eddie Holman, Barbara Mason, the Volcanoes, Larry Clinton, Nella Dodds, Cindy Gibson, Herb Ward, and many others.
McDougal produced Barbara Mason’s Philly classic Top 10 hit, “Yes, I’m Ready” which is one of the first examples of the sweet, lush orchestrated sound that came to be called Philly soul. In the 1970’s, McDougal continued to produce while working nationally at Motown records.
Weldon was perhaps the first A&R man from Philadelphia who pioneered and another of the music industries unsung heroes. He was awarded this leadership award in 1969 from The National Association of Television and Radio Announcers.