February 1st: Gamble & Huff

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Kenneth Gamble was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Leon A. Huff was born in Camden, New Jersey. These songwriting and record production individuals have written and produced 15 gold singles and 22 gold albums which created the “Philly Sound.”  Focusing mainly on songwriting and production, Gamble and Huff turned Philadelphia into the the capital of soul music in the seventies by generating hits that had a infectious appeal and warmth. They were pioneers of Philadelphia soul and the in-house creative team for the Philadelphia International Records label. They worked with The O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, The Intruders, The Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Dee Dee Sharp, Phyllis Hyman, and many others. With over three thousand songs and endless hits to their credit, Gamble and Huff were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as non-performers on March 10, 2008.

Kenneth Gamble continues to write songs every day, collaborating both with his longtime partner, Leon Huff, and with many of the new writers and lyricists of Philadelphia International Records.

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