Gamble & Huff - Philadelphia International Records

Gamble & Huff - Philadelphia International Records

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January 14, 2017
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF MOURN THE LOSS OF RICHIE INGUI OF THE SOUL SURVIVORS
The Soul Survivors

Group's Biggest Hit, 'Expressway to Your Heart,' Launched The Sound of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff released the following joint statement today as they mourned the passing this weekend of Richie Ingui of The Soul Survivors, whose 1967 crossover classic, "Expressway to Your Heart," launched The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) as the first of dozens of hits for Gamble & Huff as songwriters and producers. Richie and his brother Charlie continued to perform and record together as the Soul Survivors, and were preparing to mark the song's 50th anniversary this year:

"We send our very sincere condolences to Charlie and Richie's families. Not only did they bring our Philly Sound and Gamble & Huff to the national spotlight first with the hit song "Expressway to Your Heart," but they were truly like Brothers to us. Richie was a true soul singer who sang from the heart. We will truly miss him, and the unique and mellow voice he brought to of this amazing group, the Soul Survivors."

"Expressway to Your Heart" became the first "crossover" hit for The Soul Survivors, reaching #3 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1967. It also was ranked #18 on Billboard magazine's Top Hot 100 songs of 1967. Kenny Gamble has been frequently quoted saying he wrote the lyrics while he was driving on the Schuylkill Expressway, en route to visit his girlfriend at the time, teen pop sensation Dee Dee Sharp ("Mashed Potato Time"). Gamble & Huff loaded "Expressway to Your Heart" with honking horns and other automotive sound effects, but the record's principal strength lay in its soulful vocals and pounding beat.

The Ingui brothers last performed together in November at the Marian Anderson Awards at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Charlie and Richie captivated the crowd with an extended Gamble & Huff medley, closing their set with a scording rendition of "Expressway."

The Soul Survivors first played together in New York as The Dedications before relocating to Philadelphia, where Gamble & Huff started working with them. "Expressway to Your Heart" was a #1 hit regionally in Philadelphia and New York in the fall of 1967, and wound up spending 15 weeks on the Billboard charts and selling over one million copies.

Once "Expressway" became a huge hit, the group toured extensively, appearing on the same bills with such diverse acts as Jackie Wilson, The Miracles, Sam and Dave, Janis Joplin, the Beach Boys and Sly and the Family Stone, among many others.

Subsequent hits for the Soul Survivors included, "Explosion In My Soul," "Mission Impossible (Impossible Mission)," and "City of Brotherly Love."

For the past few years, the Ingui brothers have supplemented their touring as The Soul Survivors as part of David Uosikkinen's "In the Pocket" project, an all-star collective of musicians who have contributed to the musical history of Philadelphia. Charlie and Richie also sang on In the Pocket's recent remake of "Expressway to Your Heart."

In 2013, The Soul Survivors were honored by Philadelphia International Records with the annual Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award at Citizens Bank Park.

PHOTO CAPTION: Charlie Ingui, left, and his late brother, Richie, in a recent performance as The Soul Survivors. Credit: Courtesy Gamble Huff Entertainment.

December 21, 2016
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF CONGRATULATE THEIR 'MIGHTY THREE' PARTNER, THOM BELL, ON RECEIVING THE RECORDING ACADEMY® TRUSTEES AWARD
The Mighty Three

PHOTO CAPTION: L-R: Legendary pioneering producers and friends Kenny Gamble, left, Leon Huff, center, and Thom Bell, right, comprise the iconic "Mighty Three" of the Sound of Philadelphia. Bell now joins Gamble & Huff as a recipient of the Recording Academy® Trustees Award. Credit: David Ickes.

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff released the following statements, individually, today to formally congratulate producer/arranger/songwriter Thom Bell, their "Mighty Three" co-creator in the Sound of Philadelphia, on being named to receive the Recording Academy® 2017 Trustees Award:

Said Huff: "I am extremely happy for our longtime friend and writing partner Tommy Bell for receiving this award. I personally consider him to be one of the greatest writers, arrangers and producers of all time."

Added Gamble: "I too am so excited for and congratulate my longtime friend Tommy for this great honor. We have been friends and writers together for over 55 years -- even as recording artists and co-band members prior to the creation of Philadelphia International Records. We were further honored to have him be a part of our Mighty Three Music family, creating and producing American Pop and R&B Music standards of our time. And now things have come full circle with all three of us having received a GRAMMY Trustee Award".

The Trustees Award is a Special Merit Award presented by vote of The Recording Academy's National Trustees to individuals who, during their careers in music, have made significant contributions, other than performance, to the field of recording. Gamble & Huff also received The Trustees Award, in 1999. By contrast, Special Merit Award performers are honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Also honored with the Trustees Award were record executives Mo Ostin and Ralph S. Peer. Special Merit Awards for performers receiving Lifetime Achievement honors were Shirley Caesar, Ahmad Jamal, Charley Pride, Jimmie Rodgers, Nina Simone, Sly Stone, and the Velvet Underground.

Much of Soul music history over the last half century has revolved around great producer/artist combinations, and none was more pleasing than the work of "Mighty Three" partners Gamble, Huff and Bell. Together, they created the Sound of Philadelphia, the most important and dominant sound of the '70s, and the heir to the Motown sound of the '60s. As songwriters, musicians, producers and arrangers, Gamble, Huff and Bell established themselves among the most important R&B/Soul music figures of all time. Their Mighty Three Music catalog and publishing company, currently owned by Warner/Chappell Music, is one of the deepest and most enduring catalogs in the history of popular music.

Bell teamed with the Philadelphia-born songwriter Linda Creed to become one of the era's dominant soul songwriting teams, penning hits together such as "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)", "You Are Everything", "Betcha by Golly, Wow", "Break Up to Make Up", "You Make Me Feel Brand New," and "I'm Stone in Love with You" (the latter with Anthony Bell) - all for the Stylistics - as well as the 1976 blockbuster "The Rubberband Man" for the Spinners.

Bell's work with the Stylistics, the Spinners (also "I'll Be Around," "Could It Be I'm Falling in Love," "One of a Kind [Love Affair]," "Mighty Love," "Then Came You," "They Just Can't Stop It the [Games People Play]"), and the Delfonics ("La-La Means I Love You," "Didn't I Blow Your Mind") became immediately recognizable for its shimmering beauty and exquisite sweetness.

When he initially united with the visionary production team Gamble & Huff at their newly formed Philadelphia International Records, the classic Philly Soul sound quickly began to take shape. Over the course of seminal releases like Jerry Butler's 1969 smash "Only the Strong Survive," Billy Paul's 1972 smash "Me and Mrs. Jones," and the Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes classic "If You Don't Know Me by Now," the Gamble & Huff production aesthetic -- an intoxicating combination of sweeping strings, smoky horns, and insistent rhythms -- emerged as the definitive soul sound of the early '70s, its success due in large part to Bell's impeccable arrangements. Bell also contributed a pair of No. 1 Elton John hits to the Philly Sound - "Philadelphia Freedom" and "Mama Can't Buy You Love," and arranged the Teddy Pendergrass hit, "Close the Door." The "Mighty Three" team reached its pinnacle with the O'Jays, scoring a series of classic hits like "Back Stabbers," "Love Train," and "For the Love of Money" while drafting the blueprint for the rise of disco during the latter half of the decade.

Bell won the GRAMMY award in 1975 in the category of "Best Producer of the Year." In 2006, he was and was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and honored along with Berry Gordy, Jr. by the R&B Pioneer Foundation. Bell has also been twice honored by Billboard with their Number One Producer award.

November 16, 2016
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF RECEIVE 2016 MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD DURING STAR-STUDDED PHILADELPHIA AWARD GALA
Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff

PHILADELPHIA (Nov. 16, 2016) - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff received the 2016 Marian Anderson Award during a much-anticipated gala last night at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. Their co-honoree was lifelong friend and fellow Philadelphia R&B legend Patti LaBelle, whose heralded solo career as "The Godmother of Soul" was launched at Gamble & Huff's historic label, Philadelphia International Records, as one of the Sound of Philadelphia's foremost recording artists.

This was the first year since 2008 that the Marian Anderson Award has been awarded to multiple recipients and the first year the Marian Anderson Award has partnered with The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, Philadelphia's world-class performing arts campus. The Marian Anderson Award was created to celebrate critically acclaimed artists who have used their talents for personal artistic expression and whose bodies of work have contributed to our society in a singular manner. It is named in memory of the legendary singer and distinguished Philadelphian, Marian Anderson.

Gamble & Huff launched Philadelphia International Records in 1970 and exemplify R&B music in Philadelphia. They went on to write pop and R&B #1 hits, numerous gold and platinum records, as well as Grammy Award-winning songs and are BMI songwriters award honorees. In addition to their musical successes, Gamble & Huff have led the charge on various charitable efforts. Mr. Gamble has been dedicated to humanitarian efforts as an ardent supporter of and contributor to the T.J. Martell Leukemia Foundation and the AMC Cancer Research Center and Hospital, which honored him with the Humanitarian Award in 1980. He also has been highly committed to the renovation and restoration of South Philadelphia.

The bulk of the gala's featured performances saluted the monumental Gamble & Huff catalogue, with a jukebox full of live contributions from The Soul Survivors, who recorded the duo's first major hit as writers and producers, "Express Way to Your Heart"; Ledisi, the R&B singer who has frequently been invited to perform at the White House for President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama; The Three Degrees, whose Gamble & Huff hits were led by "When Will I See You Again," and also marked by vocals on the iconic Soul Train theme, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia"); Kathy Sledge, original lead vocalist of Sister Sledge; and rising Philadelphia R&B singer-songwriter Carol Riddick.

ABOUT KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF
Gamble & Huff have been writing music together for more than 50 years. Their collaborative chemistry has generated a series of massive hits numbering more than 3,500 songs, including 30 chart pop and R&B hit singles and 50 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications. Their catalog includes hits such as The Supremes' "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Don't Leave Me This Way," recorded by both Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Thelma Houston, Jerry Butler's "Only The Strong Survive," which was later recorded by Elvis Presley, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" earned the songwriting duo its first Grammy® for Simply Red's rendition, the O'Jay's "For The Love Of Money," and countless others, including "Me and Mrs. Jones," "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," and the theme song for Soul Train, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)," just to name few. The pair has won five Grammy's® for their songwriting and collected 86 BMI Pop and R&B Awards. Gamble and Huff founded Philadelphia International Records (PIR) as the outlet for their creative vision in 1971. By 1973, PIR was second only to Motown as the largest African-American owned company in America and became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound, a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.

ABOUT THE MARIAN ANDERSON AWARD
The Marian Anderson Award was created in 1998 to celebrate critically acclaimed artists - individuals who have used their talents for personal artistic expression and whose body of work has contributed to our society in a singular manner. It is named in memory of the legendary singer and distinguished Philadelphian, Marian Anderson. Previous honorees include Harry Belafonte, Gregory Peck, Dame Elizabeth Taylor, Quincy Jones, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Sidney Poitier, Richard Gere, Maya Angelou and Norman Lear, Mia Farrow, James Earl Jones, Berry Gordy, Jon Bon Jovi and Wynton Marsalis.

Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff with Patti LaBelle

PHOTO CAPTION (TOP): Pioneering "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenneth Gamble, left, and Leon Huff, congratulate each other as honorees at last night's 2016 Marian Anderson Awards. Photo credit: David Ickes.

PHOTO CAPTION (BOTTOM): Pioneering "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenneth Gamble, left, and Leon Huff, right, are joined by fellow honoree and former TSOP recording artist Patti LaBelle at last night's 2016 Marian Anderson Awards. Photo credit: David Ickes.

October 18, 2016
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF MOURN THE LOSS OF ROBERT 'BIG SONNY' EDWARDS OF THE INTRUDERS

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff released the following joint statement today as they mourned the passing of Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards, original member of The Intruders, the first group to have national hit songs under the direction of Gamble & Huff with the smash hit "Cowboys to Girls":

"We are very saddened to learn of the death of our good friend, 'Big Sonny.' The Intruders, featuring Big Sonny and the rest of the original members, were near and dear to our hearts, and helped start our musical career as a team. Not only was the group one of the first artists we wrote for and produced, but they also were our close friends. Big Sonny and the group were great artists who we have been honored to work with from the very beginning. We will truly miss Big Sonny. We send our sincere condolences to his family."

Surviving original member Phil Terry also lamented that Robert "Big Sonny" Edwards "was not only my longtime friend for over 59 years, he was like a brother to me. And we, too, were honored to work with the Gamble & Huff producing team and help launch the Legendary Sound of Philadelphia as one of its first artists. Big Sonny was clearly the heartbeat of the group and had a positive impact on all of us. I will greatly miss Big Sonny, my dear brother."

The Intruders played a major role in the rise of the Sound of Philadelphia. Their 1968 hit, "Cowboys to Girls," topped the R&B charts, was a Top 10 pop hit, and became the template for what would become the Philly Sound. "I'll Always Love My Mama," released in 1973, has been commonly played on Mother's Day by radio stations around the world for over 40 years.

The Intruders received a bronze plaque along the Philadelphia Music Walk of Fame in 1996. In 2010, Edwards and Phil Terry, the surviving original members of the group at the time, were honored by Philadelphia International Records with the annual Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award here at Citizens Bank Park.

Originally a doo-wop group, "Big Sonny" Edwards, Terry, lead singer Sam "Little Sonny" Brown and Eugene "Bird" Daughtry signed with Gamble & Huff's fledgling Gamble Records in 1966, and scored a Top 20 R&B hit that year with "(We'll Be) United." They followed a year later with "Together."

The Intruders' major breakthrough came in 1968, when "Cowboys to Girls," topped the R&B charts and climbed to No. 6 six on the pop charts, not only giving the group its biggest hit, but forging a template for what would become Philly soul's trademark sound. Gamble & Huff's success with the Intruders played a significant role in helping to launch Philadelphia International Records, which became the most successful soul label of the early '70s. Other subsequent Intruders hits on Philadelphia International included "(Love Is Like a) Baseball Game," "(Win Place or Show) She's A Winner," and "I Wanna Know Your Name."

Funeral arrangements are pending.

April 24, 2016
WITH GREAT SADNESS, PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS CO-FOUNDERS AND LEGENDARY PRODUCERS KENNETH GAMBLE & LEON HUFF MOURN THE LOSS OF LEGENDARY 'ME AND MRS. JONES' RECORDING ARTIST BILLY PAUL

PHILADELPHIA - Legendary Philadelphia International Records co-founders and R&B pioneers Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff released the following joint statement today as they mourned the passing of Mr. Billy Paul, legendary recording artist best known for his smash hit, "Me and Mrs. Jones."

"We are very saddened to learn of the sudden death of our good friend and Philadelphia International Records recording artist Billy Paul. From the time we saw Billy performing live, and then signing him to our PIR/TSOP label, we immediately realized that we had discovered and launched one the most unique voices in the music industry. Billy's voice combined both Jazz, R&B and Soul vocals, making him one the great artists to come out of Philly and to be celebrated worldwide. Our proudest moment with Billy was the recording of the salacious smash 'Me and Mrs. Jones.' In our view, it is one of the greatest love songs ever recorded. Billy was one of the first artists to help launch the PIR/TSOP brand, and he will forever have a special place in music history."

"We send our very sincere and personal condolences to his wife Blanche and the rest of his family. Billy Paul will truly be missed."

October 22, 2015
GAMBLE & HUFF IN FAMILIAR #1 TERRITORY WITH 'LOVE TRAIN' & 'DON'T LEAVE ME THIS WAY' ON SOUNDTRACK TO BOX OFFICE BLOCKBUSTER 'THE MARTIAN'

Pair of #1 Sound Of Philadelphia Classics Also Among Hundreds of TSOP Hits on New 'GAMBLE HUFF MUSIC' App

PHILADELPHIA - More than a generation since The Sound of Philadelphia was a chart-topping, worldwide hit-making machine, legendary producer-songwriters and TSOP architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff have another #1 smash hit on their hands.

But this time it's in the movies - again.

A pair of Gamble & Huff #1 disco classics is prominently featured in Ridley Scott's The Martian, the blockbuster space epic starring Matt Damon, which has been #1 at the box office for three consecutive weeks.

The "Songs from the Martian" soundtrack, on Columbia Records, features a pair of Sound of Philadelphia #1 Billboard pop and R&B classics: "Don't Leave Me This Way," by Thelma Houston; and TSOP's signature anthem, "Love Train" a double chart-topper for The O'Jays. Both are among the hundreds of TSOP recordings available for streaming through the new "GAMBLE HUFF MUSIC" App.

Gamble & Huff are the only songwriters with more than one contribution to the '70s-laden album, comprised of nine of the greatest classics from disco's golden era. The music evinces the plight of the film's protagonist, Astronaut Mark Watney, played by Damon, who during a manned mission to Mars set in the not-too-distant future is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet with only meager supplies - and limited distractions - including a playlist of '70's disco music left behind by Commander Lewis played by Jessica Chastain (Zero Dark Thirty, Interstellar). "Love Train" helps the movie end on a joyful note as the camera pans to the many people who pitched in to rescue Mark (Damon) from Mars.

Gamble & Huff's musical connection with Mars actually dates back to 1976, when Dexter Wansel went for a sci-fi theme on his debut album, Life on Mars. Not only has the title track, a haunting piece of space funk, been sampled at least 15 times over the past 20 years alone, but it also has been used in recent years as wakeup music for the NASA team overseeing one of the Mars Rover missions.

Whether on Earth or in outer space, the "GAMBLE HUFF MUSIC" App allows listeners to carry the music of Gamble & Huff and The Sound of Philadelphia wherever they go! Available for iPhone and Android, the "GAMBLE HUFF MUSIC" App offers users at any time to hear the timeless music, as well as rare interviews, with artists like The O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Evelyn Champagne King and many more.

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound aka "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)," a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.With a stable core of artists led by The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971. They continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jacksonand the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, the Dells and many more.

June 16, 2015
LEGENDARY SONGWRITERS KENNETH GAMBLE AND LEON HUFF ELECTED AS CO-CHAIRMEN OF THE SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME
Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff

New York, NY - June 16, 2015 - The Songwriters Hall of Fame announced today that Legendary Songwriters and Co-Creators of the iconic Sound of Philadelphia," Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, have been elected by the Board of Directors as the new Co-Chairmen of the organization. In this role, Gamble & Huff will serve to link their visibility, commitment, achievement and artistic contributions to the public worldwide in the best interests of the organization and of songwriting and music communities everywhere.

Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995. In 2014, they received the most esteemed honor, the Johnny Mercer Award, exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary Johnny Mercer.

"I am absolutely delighted with the election of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff -- among the greatest and longest-lasting songwriting teams in music history -- as the Co-Chairs of the Songwriters Hall of Fame," said President & CEO Linda Moran. I have no doubt that the prestige and magical touch that Kenny and Leon have brought to all things musical will start a wonderful new chapter for our organization."

We are extremely honored and proud to serve as Chairmen of this very prestigious organization, the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Songwriting is the very core of who we are creatively in the music industry. Therefore, this Co-Chairmenship position and honor means a lot to us as we honor and proudly support all our fellow songwriters everywhere. More importantly, we look forward to working with Linda Moran and the Songwriters Hall of Fame Board of Directors to promote this great organization and its mission to honor and support its prolific array of songwriters associated with it. As we have experienced, every hit record ever produced always started with us as great Songwriters first!!!" - Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff

Gamble & Huff have been writing music together for more than 50 years. Their collaborative chemistry has generated a series of massive hits numbering more than 3,500 songs, including 30 chart pop and R&B hit singles and 50 RIAA gold, platinum and multi-platinum certifications. Their catalog includes hits such as The Supremes' I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," Don't Leave Me This Way," recorded by both Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and Thelma Houston, Jerry Butler's Only The Strong Survive," which was later recorded by Elvis Presley, If You Don't Know Me By Now" earned the songwriting duo its first Grammy® for Simply Red's rendition, the O'Jay's For The Love Of Money," and countless others, including Me and Mrs. Jones,"You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," and the theme song for Soul Train, "TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)," just to name few. The pair has won five Grammy's® for their songwriting and collected 86 BMI Pop and R&B Awards. Gamble and Huff founded Philadelphia International Records (PIR) as the outlet for their creative vision in 1971. By 1973, PIR was second only to Motown as the largest African-American owned company in America and became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound, a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.

Having met in the early 1960s, their first collaboration was with Gamble's band, the Romeos, which featured Gamble as lead singer and Huff on keyboard. Realizing they shared a passion for songwriting, they formed a production company and began the songwriting partnership that still exists today. Their first songs were for local Philadelphia artists, including the Soul Survivors' biggest hit Expressway To Your Heart," the Intruders' first number one R&B single and first platinum song Cowboys To Girls," Wilson Picket's Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You" and Jerry Butler's romantic hit Never Gonna Give You Up." In the first years of their label, their roster of artists included: The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB, the Three Degrees, the Ebony's and the Futures. The pair secured a distribution deal with CBS Records and two years after its formation, Philadelphia International Records became the second-largest African-American owned music company, just behind Motown Records. By 1974 Gamble, Huff and co-publisher Thom Bell had formed one of the most successful African-American owned publishing companies called Mighty Three Music, placing more than 25 hits on the Billboard charts annually.

Throughout the 1970s, the duo wrote for Lou Rawls, The Three Degrees, Dee Dee Sharp, Nancy Wilson, Shirley Jones and the Jones Girls, Third World, Archie Bell and the Drells and many more. In 1976, Gamble and Huff produced and co-wrote songs for the Jacksons' first two post-Motown albums. In the late 1970s, they collaborated on a series of successful albums for Teddy Pendergrass, who became one of the top-selling solo singers of that time. Throughout the 1980s they continued to pen hit songs for the top soul, pop and R&B artists, including Patti Labelle and Phyllis Hyman.

By the 1990s Gamble and Huff started to receive many prestigious accolades. In 1993 they were inducted into the Philadelphia Music Foundation's Walk of Fame, and in 1995 they were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In 1999 the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS) awarded them with the Trustees Award, honoring them for their body of work, both as producers and songwriters and for their contribution to the entire fabric of popular music. In 2005, they were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame, in 2006 they were honored with the Ivor Novello Award by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters, in 2008 they were inducted into The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with the Ahmet Ertegun Award and in 2009 they were honored at the BMI Pop Icon Awards.

Most recently, Gamble and Huff's catalog has been covered or sampled by a vast array of artists including Jay-Z, Babyface, Nelly, OutKast, Angie Stone, Bette Midler, Mary J. Blige, Michael Bublè, Kanye West, 50 Cent and T.I., among others. Gamble and Huff's music has also been featured in television, film and advertising for more than 30 years, including the theme songs for Soul Train and the reality show The Apprentice. Their music has also appeared on other TV programs, including Dancing with the Stars and American Idol, films such as Guess Who and The Nutty Professor, American Hustle and ad campaigns for Verizon, Old Navy, Gap and Coors.

Gamble and Huff continue to write songs together to this day. Gamble also helps to develop other writers and producers in the Philadelphia area, focusing on improving the lives of others through investments into the African-American communities, and Huff continues to write everyday while working on new R&B and Jazz style new album projects.

About The Songwriters Hall of Fame:
The Songwriters Hall of Fame celebrates songwriters, educates the public with regard to their achievements, and produces a spectrum of professional programs devoted to the development of new songwriting talent through workshops, showcases and scholarships. Out of the tens of thousands of songwriters of our era, there are approximately 400 inductees who make up the impressive roster enshrined in the Hall of Fame. The list includes Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil, Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller, Eddie Holland, Lamont Dozier & Brian Holland, Smokey Robinson, Albert Hammond, Desmond Child, Paul Williams, Hal David & Burt Bacharach, John Fogerty, Bob Dylan, Isaac Hayes & David Porter, Richard & Robert Sherman, Carole King, Gerry Goffin, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Jon Bon Jovi & Richie Sambora, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Brian Wilson, James Taylor, Don Schlitz, Bruce Springsteen, Phil Collins, Alan & Marilyn Bergman, Loretta Lynn, Jimmy Webb, Van Morrison, Kris Kristofferson, Dolly Parton, Diane Warren, Paul Anka, Stevie Wonder, Bob Seger, Steven Tyler & Joe Perry, Leonard Cohen, Ray Davies, Donovan and Mick Jones & Lou Gramm, among many others.

Full biographies and a complete list of inductees are available at the Songwriters Hall of Fame's Virtual Museum at http://songwritershalloffame.org/. Joining online is quick and easy: http://songhall.org/join.

Ticket Information:
Tickets for the Songwriters Hall of Fame event begin at $1,250 each, and are available through Buckley Hall Events, 914-579-1000. Net proceeds from the event will go toward the Songwriters Hall of Fame programs. Songwriters Hall of Fame is a 501(c)3 organization. The non-deductible portion of each ticket is $170. Contributions, for which no goods or services are received in exchange, are fully tax-deductible as provided by law.

June 9, 2015
'FAMILY REUNION' AT THE OL' BALL GAME FOR BLACK MUSIC MONTH
Sound of Philadelphia legends come together to salute The O’Jays and Jean Carne at 12th Annual Phillies African-American Heritage Celebration.

SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA LEGENDS COME TOGETHER TO SALUTE THE O’JAYS AND JEAN CARNE AT PHILLIES AFRICAN-AMERICAN HERITAGE CELEBRATION

PHILADELPHIA - Forty years after releasing the Family Reunion album on the iconic Philadelphia International Records, Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductees The O’Jays were a primary catalyst behind a family reunion of their former label mates June 5 at the 12th Annual Phillies African-American Heritage Celebration, hosted by fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famers and "Sound of Philadelphia" architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff at Citizens Bank Park in honor of Black Music Month.

Gamble & Huff presented The O’Jays and R&B and jazz legend Jean Carne with the Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award and were joined in the celebration by fellow PIR greats Billy Paul ("Me & Mrs. Jones"), producer Dexter Wansel, and pop-R&B songwriter Bunny Sigler, who sang the National Anthem. Ms. Carne performed her PIR hit single, "Don’t Let It Go to Your Head."

With Gamble & Huff, The O'Jays emerged at the forefront of Philadelphia soul with "Back Stabbers" (1972), and topped the Billboard Hot 100 the following year with "Love Train". Numerous other hits followed for PIR, topped by "For the Love of Money," "I Love Music," and "Use Ta Be My Girl." The O'Jays were inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame in 2004, and The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound aka "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)," a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music. With a stable core of artists led by The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971. They continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, the Dells and many more.

Gamble & Huff created and are credited for launching one of the most celebrated and historic songwriting partnerships that spawned into a sophisticated sound lovingly crafted in the studio by some of the 20th century's most influential producers and studio teams -- including Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB Orchestra, Baker, Harris and Young, Joe Tarsia (Sigma Sound) and others - Philly Soul set the stage for disco, smooth jazz, adult contemporary music and more.

Gamble & Huff began celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year. The celebration will continue in 2016 with the projected release of their Autobiographical Book and the launch of their Theatrical Play on their historic Life Story and creation of one of America’s great music catalogues, known as "The Sound of Philadelphia."

PHOTO CAPTION: Sound of Philadelphia legends come together to salute The O’Jays and Jean Carne at 12th Annual Phillies African-American Heritage Celebration. L-R: Dexter Wansel, Kenneth Gamble, Eddie Levert, Eric Grant, Jean Carne, Walter Williams, Leon Huff, Billy Paul. Credit: Mitchell Leff.

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October 17, 2014
Philadelphia International Records Says Goodbye As 'Sound of Philadelphia' Building Forever Silenced

FORMER HOME OF GAMBLE & HUFF'S WORLD-RENOWNED PHILLY SOUND AND CAMEO-PARKWAY RECORDS TO MAKE WAY FOR HI-RISE HOTEL AND LUXURY CONDOMINIUM

Lowering and Removal of Iconic Neon Sign Signifies Closure of Legendary Record Label As Historic Building Prepares For Wrecking Ball

PHILADELPHIA - The "Love Train" that has carried "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)" to "people all over the world" for almost half a century made its last physical stop at 309 S. Broad Street this week as the legendary Philadelphia International Records label, founded by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame producer-songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, was officially shut down with the sale of its historic building to a prominent local developer.

"The closing of the company and building is definitely bittersweet, but we are extremely proud and honored to have been able to create so much great music out of our '309' location," said Gamble & Huff in a joint statement. "It was such a blessing and miracle how all of this came together over 50 years. More importantly, we would like to thank all of the wonderful musicians, artists and staff members who helped make Philadelphia International Records what it became – and what it remains – an incredible African-American institution and music and cultural brand."

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound aka "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)," a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music. With a stable core of artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971. They continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, the Dells and many more.

"We were honored to record our many hits with Philadelphia International Records under the tutelage of Gamble & Huff, who were not only great producers but excellent songwriters for us and the many others on the roster," said Walter Williams of the O'Jays. "More importantly, we respected these two great men and the PIR record label for nurturing and helping other artists, producers and writers to also become hit makers. The O'Jays definitely benefited, even down to this day, from being a part of the Philadelphia International Records family.

The label produced some of the world's greatest hit songs such as "Love Train," "If You Don't Know Me by Now," "For The Love Of Money," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Enjoy Yourself," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Only the Strong Survive," "You'll Never Find A Love Like Mine," "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now," "TSOP" (better known as the "Soul Train" theme) and many other Top 10 Billboard hits over the past 50 years. The PIR Catalog has some of the most sampled R&B catalogue in the world, appearing on recordings by artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, Destiny's Child, Usher, T.I., Chrisette Michele, Cam'ron, Ja Rule, Jaheim, Avant and many more.

The iconic "Philadelphia International Records" blue neon sign that adorned the historic "Sound of Philadelphia" building at 309 S. Broad Street was permanently removed this week in final preparations for the famous structure's demolition. The lowering of the sign symbolized the end of a legendary record label and an era whose music will continue to resonate deeply with "people all over the world" for generations to come.

"It's a sad day for me," said Charlie Ingui of the Soul Survivors, who recorded "Expressway to Your Heart" in the "309" building. "We had some great times in that building. The energy every day was unbelievable. It was a place that I just used to love to hang out, running in to guys from the Intruders, the Blue Notes, Tommy Bell, and so on. It's just not going to be the same walking up and down Broad Street. I can close my eyes and really remember every day I was there, seeing the writers go in and out of that back section there, and just the parade of hits, man, it was really great."

As the corporate office for Gamble, Huff and their production and songwriting partner, Thom Bell, the monumental brick "Sound of Philadelphia" building served primarily as the source of the vast music catalog's worldwide licensing. Their music has been featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice"), films ("American Hustle," "Ice Age II," "The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Samsung, Coors, Verizon, Old Navy, The Gap) for more than 40 years, entering the musical DNA of contemporary culture.

Prior to the PIR era, this building also was the place where Chubby Checker recorded "The Twist," and Dee Dee Sharp recorded "The Mashed Potato," as the home of the legendary Cameo-Parkway record label. Other famous Cameo-Parkway artists who created hits at the "309" studio included Bobby Rydell, the Orlons and the Dovells.

"I am honored to say that the 309 Building where Cameo-Parkway Records existed is the house that Chubby built and Gamble, Huff and Bell immortalized," said Chubby Checker. "What came out of that building from Cameo-Parkway through to Philadelphia International Records was a result to the greatness of Philadelphia's Sigma Sound founder and engineer Joe Tarsia built the original recording studio in 1963 for Cameo-Parkway Records. That studio became Sigma Sound South, most famously known as the in-house studio at Philadelphia International Records for recording many of the label's artists. Other legends who recorded in the '309' Building included Sly Stone and Stevie Wonder.

"It's the end of an era," added Tarsia. "But the music lives on."

In recent years leading up to the arson fire, the Philadelphia International Records offices had become a major tourist attraction where Michael Jackson, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, the O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Chubby Checker, Billy Paul, the Soul Survivors, and dozens more created worldwide smash hits. From school children to celebrity VIPs, Philadelphia International Records continually hosted visitors eager to see the historic rooms and hallways where the legendary "Sound of Philadelphia" music was created. The offices and recording studios also have been the site of several film documentaries and television specials and media visits, as well as special receptions, including a recent event honoring Motown founder and friend Berry Gordy. Gamble & Huff also originated their recent radio series on Sirius XM from the third floor recording studios.

The building – owned since 1973 by pioneering songwriting partners Gamble, Huff and Bell – was formally sold this week to Dranoff Properties. The building, ravaged by a 2010 arson fire from which it never recovered, is scheduled to be demolished in 2015, when ground will be broken at that site on the 47-story SLS International hotel and luxury condominium. The span of South Broad Street in front the building was previously renamed Gamble Huff Walk.

Workers on cherry pickers and ladders carefully removed the "Philadelphia International Records" sign and disassembled it into six pieces, then strapped it piece by piece onto the back of a flatbed truck. The sign was then transported to safe storage with other artifacts and memorabilia from the famous recording studios and offices being preserved for future museum consideration. Chuck Gamble, executive vice president of Philadelphia International Records and Gamble-Huff Music, has overseen the closing of the company and the building, and was on site for the sign's removal before a the group of onlookers and TV, radio and print media gathered to witness this symbolic passage in the history of popular music.

Legendary producers and songwriters Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell are among the most prolific professional songwriters of all time, having written and produced over 3,500 songs within 50 years, an output rivaling such famed songwriting teams as Lennon-McCartney, Jagger-Richards and Holland-Dozier-Holland. They are enshrined in American "fabric of music" with a massive catalogue that includes numerous pop #1 hits, R&B #1 hits, including dozens of gold and platinum records that have resulted in Grammy and BMI Songwriter Awards.

As one of the most requested Sync Licensing Catalogues, the PIR/Gamble Huff recordings and songs have been featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice," "Cold Case"), films ("American Hustle," "The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Verizon, Chevrolet, Coors Light, Old Navy, The Gap, Office Max) for more than 30 years, the songs of Gamble, Huff and Bell have entered the musical DNA of contemporary culture. In fact, one of their songs is played on the radio somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes.

Gamble & Huff have been prestigiously inducted and honored by several Music Halls of Fame including the Grammy-National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Trustees, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Producers Hall of Fame, Dance Music Hall of Fame, and R&B Hall of Fame. In 2008, Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first recipients of the newly created Ahmet Ertegun Award. These music icons are recognized around the world for their contribution to the entire fabric of popular music, joining luminaries like Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.

Their songs also have been covered by a myriad of artists including Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, Michael Bublé, Martina McBride, Seal, Simply Red, Johnny Mathis, Lesley Gore, Donny & Marie, Thelma Houston, the Brand New Heavies and more recently, Rod Stewart, who sang four Gamble & Huff classics on his 2009 album, Soulbook.

Gamble & Huff created and are credited for launching one of the most celebrated and historic songwriting partnerships that spawned into a sophisticated sound lovingly crafted in the studio by some of the 20th century's most influential producers and studio teams -- including Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB Orchestra, Baker, Harris and Young, Joe Tarsia (Sigma Sound) and others – Philly Soul set the stage for disco, smooth jazz, adult contemporary music and more.

Gamble & Huff will begin celebrating their 50th Anniversary in 2015 with the projected release of their Autobiographical Book and the launch of their Theatrical Play on their historic Life Story and creation of one of America's great music catalogues, known as "The Sound of Philadelphia."

FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE VISIT:

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February 14, 2014
Sony Music Entertainment Secures Global Rights to Entire Philadelphia International Records; Catalog with Acquisition of Post 1975 PIR Recordings; New SME Acquisition Deal Brings All PIR Recordings Together Under Single Worldwide Umbrella

Sony Music Entertainment has completed a historic deal with Philadelphia International Records, securing global ownership of all recordings made for PIR, the groundbreaking hit-making label founded by music icons Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff in 1971.

The landmark deal adds all post-1975 PIR recordings to the PIR titles already owned by SME, reuniting the entirety of the Philadelphia International Recordings catalog under a single global licensing and reissue entity.

In late 2013, Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of SME, made a number of PIR titles available in the digital realm, including Essentials collections by The O'Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and Lou Rawls as well as various artists anthologies - Golden Gate Groove: The Sound of Philadelphia in San Francisco and The Sound of Philadelphia: Gamble & Huff's Greatest Hits - mapping the breadth of the Sound of Philadelphia, one of the most influential and abiding catalogs of soul/pop music ever recorded.

In 2014, Legacy will be offering a series of new physical and digital releases created from the PIR catalog, including a definitive Philadelphia International Records box, budget single artist anthology titles, 12" and 7" vinyl replica collectibles and more.

The first round of these new PIR titles will be released in the UK on April 21, 2014 and will include single CD best-of collections from Teddy Pendergrass, Lou Rawls, The Three Degrees, The Intruders, The O'Jays, Billy Paul and Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes to be issued on the Camden line.

The UK PIR spring launch will center on the release of a 20 CD Philadelphia International Records box set containing:

1. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
2. Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
3. 360 Degrees of Billy Paul - Billy Paul
4. Save The Children - The Intruders
5. The Three Degrees - The Three Degrees
6. Ship Ahoy - The O'Jays
7. Love Is The Message - MFSB
8. Keep Smilin' - Bunny Sigler
9. Wake Up Everybody - Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
10. All Things In Time - Lou Rawls
11. Life On Mars - Dexter Wansel
12. The Jacksons - The Jacksons
13. Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy Pendergrass
14. Jean Carn - Jean Carn
15. The Jones Girls - Jones Girls
16. Edwin Birdsong - Edwin Birdsong
17. McFadden and Whitehead - McFadden and Whitehead
18. When You Hear Lou You've Heard It All - Lou Rawls
19. I'm In Love Again - Patti LaBelle
20. Life is A Song Worth Singing - Teddy Pendergrass

Each title in the lift-top box comes in a sleeve replicating the original album artwork.

About Philadelphia International Records and Gamble & Huff

Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International Records became birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the Philly Soul sound, aka "The Sound of Philadelphia (TSOP)," a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.

With a stable core of artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble & Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and began creating monster hits from nearly the first day of its inception in 1971, and continued to record, collaborate and produce major hits with a galaxy of stars from the pop, rock, soul and jazz universes, including Michael Jackson and the Jacksons, Elton John, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Aretha Franklin, the Spinners, the Stylistics, the Delfonics, Dusty Springfield, Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, LaBelle, Archie Bell & the Drells, the Soul Survivors, Laura Nyro, the Trammps, McFadden & Whitehead, Phyllis Hyman, Grover Washington Jr. and many more.

The label produced some of the world’s greatest hit songs, such as "Love Train," "If You Don’t Know Me by Now," "For The Love Of Money," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Me and Mrs. Jones," "Enjoy Yourself," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Only the Strong Survive," "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine," "Ain't No Stoppin Us Now." "TSOP" (better known as the "Soul Train" theme), and many other Top Ten Billboard hits over the past 50 years. The PIR Catalog has some of the most sampled R&B catalogue in the world, appearing on recordings by artists such as Jay-Z, Kanye West, Mary J Blige, Destiny's Child, Usher, T.I., Chrisette Michele, Cam'ron, Ja Rule, Jaheim, Avant and many more.

Legendary producers and songwriters Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff (Gamble & Huff) are among the most prolific professional songwriters of all time, having written and produced over 3,500 songs within 50 years, an output rivaling such famed songwriting teams as Lennon-McCartney, Jagger-Richards and Holland-Dozier-Holland. They are enshrined in the American "fabric of music" with a massive catalogue that includes numerous pop #1 hits, R&B #1 hits, and 100 gold and platinum records that have resulted in Grammy and BMI Songwriter Awards.

As one of the most requested Sync Licensing Catalogues, the PIR/Gamble & Huff recordings and songs have been featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice," "Cold Case"), films ("American Hustle," "The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Verizon, Chevrolet, Coors Light, Old Navy, The Gap, Office Max) for more than 30 years, Gamble & Huff's songs have entered the musical DNA of contemporary culture. In fact, one of their songs is played on the radio somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes.

Gamble & Huff have been prestigiously inducted and honored by several Music Halls of Fame including the Grammy-National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences Trustees, Songwriters Hall of Fame, Producers Hall of Fame, Dance Music Hall of Fame, and R & B Hall of Fame. In 2008, Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as the first recipients of the newly created Ahmet Ertegun Award. These music icons are recognized around the world for their contribution to the entire fabric of popular music, joining luminaries like Berry Gordy, Quincy Jones, George Gershwin & Ira Gershwin, The Beatles, and Frank Sinatra.

In 2005, Gamble & Huff appeared on American Idol in a show devoted entirely to their music, and in 2010 they were presented honorary doctor of music degrees from the Berklee College of Music.

Their songs also have been covered by a myriad of artists including Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Bette Midler, Michael Bublè, Martina McBride, Seal, Simply Red, Johnny Mathis, Lesley Gore, Donny & Marie, Thelma Houston, the Brand New Heavies and recently, Rod Stewart, who sings four Gamble & Huff classics on his 2009 album, Soulbook.

Gamble & Huff created and are credited with launching one of the most celebrated and historic songwriting partnerships that spawned a sophisticated sound lovingly crafted in the studio by some of the 20th century's most influential producers and studio teams - including Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, Bobby Martin, MFSB Orchestra, Baker, Harris and Young, Joe Tarsia (Sigma Sound) and others. Philly Soul set the stage for disco, smooth jazz, adult contemporary music and more.

Gamble and Huff will be celebrating their 50th Anniversary starting in the fall of 2014 with the projected release of their Autobiographical Book and the 2015 launch of their Theatrical Play on their historic Life Story and the creation of one of America's great music catalogues, known as "The Sound of Philadelphia."

Gamble & Huff - Philadelphia International Records

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