Gamble & Huff index

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Songbook’s Gamble & Huff pages:

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Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (Gamble & Huff)

Gamble & Huff 1Biography:

From the Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff Biography at The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame:

Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were the architects of the Philly Soul sound. Working jointly on songwriting and production, they made Philadelphia the capital of soul music in the Seventies. Gamble and Huff generated a profusion of soulful hits that had a colorblind appeal. They worked with the O’Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Intruders, the Three Degrees, McFadden & Whitehead, Jerry Butler, Lou Rawls, Dee Dee Sharp, Phyllis Hyman and others. Their biggest hits, topping both the R&B and pop charts, were jazz singer Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones”; the O’Jays’ “Love Train”; and the Soul Train theme, “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia),” by MFSB Featuring the Three Degrees. All totaled, Gamble and Huff were behind 15 gold singles and 22 gold albums (8 of which went platinum).

The duo launched Philadelphia International Records label in 1971, giving Motown a run for its money – in terms of sales and influence – in the Seventies. Gamble and Huff’s sophisticated sound included glossy orchestrations; guitars that played glistening octaves or rhythmic chords; jazzy vibes and smooth, grooving saxes; and a memorable lead voice atop satiny group harmonies.

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Principal Gamble & Huff record labels include:

From from the Wikipedia article on Philadelphia International Records (adapted):

Philadelphia International:
The label was set up in connection with Mighty Three/Assorted Music, the music publishing company run by Gamble, Huff and another Philadelphia producer, Thom Bell, to showcase their songs. Main artists signed to the label included The O’Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (including lead singer Teddy Pendergrass, who later signed a solo deal), Lou Rawls, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul.

The label’s major hits included:

Arrangers for songs written and produced by Gamble & Huff during the period under consideration, 1966-1976, include:

Philadelphia International studio band:

relevant links:

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* From the Philadelphia International Records page at Wikipedia:

In 1965, Gamble and Huff started an independent label, Excel Records. It was soon renamed Gamble Records and in 1972, was folded into Philadelphia International as a subsidiary. In 1974, the subsidiary’s name was changed to TSOP Records, from the aforementioned 1974 hit single, “TSOP (The Sound of Philadelphia)”. Artists for Excel/Gamble/TSOP included Dee Dee Sharp, and Archie Bell & the Drells. Later signings to the Philly International roster in the 1980s and 1990s, included Patti Labelle, The Stylistics, Phyllis Hyman, and The Dells.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Michael
    Nov 13, 2015 @ 08:22:45

    I am a musician and I’m looking for something by Kenny Gamble and Leonard Huff song sheet music book to read and play music that they approach hey I was wondering if they had their own book out curious Mike

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    • doc
      Nov 13, 2015 @ 16:35:25

      The Sound of Philadelphia-book, 1982-Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff-song list-30p

      Hi Michael,
      You might like the following book, which evidently includes sheet music to many, if not all, of their hit songs: The Sound of Philadelphia, 1982 (paperback), by Kenneth Gamble (Author), Leon A. Huff (Author), Milton Okun (Editor), Dan Fox (Editor).

      Indirect evidence that the book contains sheet music of the listed songs:
      The book was printed by Cherry Lane Music Co., Inc., whose slogan, accompanying the company id and logo on the back cover, is “quality in printed music.” In its article on the publishing company, Wikipedia says:

      Cherry Lane Music is an American music publisher based in Greenwich Village, Manhattan. It was founded in 1960 by Milton Okun[2] in the apartment above the Cherry Lane Theater in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, New York. Cherry Lane Music built a wide range of high quality sheet music, DVDs, and educational tools for practicing musicians.

      Regards,
      doc

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      • doc
        Dec 02, 2015 @ 13:14:51

        Note that while all of the songs in the book may be associated with the Philadelphia sound, aka Philadelphia soul, not all of them were written by Gamble & Huff, and some weren’t even produced by Gamble & Huff. “Betcha By Golly, Wow” (Thom Bell, Linda Creed), “Then Came You” (S. Marshall, P. Pugh), and “The Rubberband Man” (Thom Bell, Linda Creed), for example, were each produced by Thom Bell), though the latter two of the aforementioned songs were published by Mighty Three Music, a music publishing company founded by Gamble, Huff and Thom Bell.

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