6abc Proudly Celebrates Philadelphia Soul Sound Legends Kenneth Gamble, Leon A. Huff

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — As part of our celebration of black excellence, 6abc recognizes the musical achievements of Gamble and Huff, the songwriting and production team responsible for popularizing soul music in Philadelphia.
  • The Philadelphia duo, America’s songwriting and production team, are credited with innovating and popularizing the Philadelphia Soul Sound music genre also known as “The Sound of Philadelphia”.
  • They formed their own label, Philadelphia International Records, in 1971, writing and producing over 175 gold and platinum records.
  • Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in March 2008.
  • Throughout the 1970s, the two made music that addressed political and social issues faced by the African-American community.

  • In 1990, they won their first Grammy Award for Best R&B Song: Simply Red’s cover of the Blue Notes’ 1972 hit “If You Don’t Know Me by Now”.
  • In 1999 Gamble and Huff received the Grammy Trustee Award.
  • Among the most prolific professional songwriters of all time, with over 3,000 songs, with an incredible 86 BMI Pop and R&B Awards.

  • On September 19, 2005, Gamble and Huff were inducted into the Dance Music Hall of Fame for their outstanding achievements as producers.
  • On May 20, 2009, they were named BMI Icons at the 57th Annual BMI Pop Awards.
  • In May 2010, they received an Honorary Doctor of Music from Berklee College of Music.

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