Abington police release three gold records originally belonging to Philly music icon Jimmy Bishop Sr.

The Abington Township Police Department released three stolen gold records which originally belonged to Jimmy Bishop Sr., a Philadelphia music icon, NBC10 reported.

The Pennsylvania Treasury Department returned the records to his family on Wednesday, May 1. They originally came to Bishop Sr. from Eddie Holman, Earth Wind and Fire, and Barry White.

The records were recovered in January 1986 as part of an investigation into a burglary ring operating in Philadelphia and Abington, the Pennsylvania Treasury Department said.

Abington police didn’t need them as evidence, so they reported the records to the Treasury as unclaimed property, NBC10 said.

Nicknamed the “Bishop of Soul”, Bishop was big-time in his day. He hosted The Jimmy Bishop Go Show at Philadelphia’s WDAS Radio in the 1960s and helped household namesThe Jackson 5, The Temptations, The Supremes, The Marvelettes, Stevie Wonder, to name a fewwith their first hit records.

According to a 2021 article in Oxford American, no one really knows what happened to him, including members of his own family. FOX29 said that after failing to track him or his family down, the state reached out to his other family at WDAS, who found Bishop’s relatives.

“It means a lot, it’s a legacy. I’ve got kids, stays in the family, hangs on the wall, goes with the others that we have it will fit real nice, we’ll find a nice place for it,” Jimmy Bishop Jr. told FOX29.

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