Gamble & Huff: selected hit songs written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, 1966-1971

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Gamble & Huff 1Songbook’s Gamble & Huff pages:

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All songs featured on this page were written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff except “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, ” which was written by Gamble, Huff, and Jerry Ross.

1966

I’m Gonna Make You Love Me (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Jerry Ross)

A Diana Ross & the Supremes and The Temptations recording of I’m Gonna Make You Love Me, drawn from their joint 1968 album, was issued as the Motown Records single M 1137 on 21 November 1968. It became a big hit, peaking at #2 for two weeks in December that year.  The song had been introduced by Dee Dee Warwick in 1966, and then covered by Jerry Butler, Madeline Bell, Jay & the Techniques, and Dusty Springfield before the Supremes/Temptations Motown recording.

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Dee Dee Warwick with back vocals by Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson — single Mercury 72638, b/w “Yours Until Tomorrow” (Goffin & King), issued in November 1966 — produced by Jerry Ross, featuring an arrangement by Jimmy Wisner

US singles chart success: #13 R&B, #88 Hot 100 in December 1966

Madeline Bell — Originally released in November 1967 on her album Bell’s A Poppin’ — Single Philips 40517, b/w “Picture Me Gone” (Taylor, Gorgoni), issued in January 1968 — US singles chart success: #26 Hot 100, #32 R&B in April 1968

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Beat Club promo video

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1967 Together (Gamble-Huff) Intruders, G-205-f42

Together (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)

The Intruders — issued in April 1967 on the single Gamble Records G-205, b/w “Up and Down the Ladder” (Gamble, Huff) — “Together” became the first top ten Billboard R&B single for the Intruders (#9), and reached #48 on the Hot 100 pop singles chart.

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Gladys Knight & the Pips — from the 1968 LP Silk N’ Soul, Soul ‎SS-711, Soul ‎SS711

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Sunny & the Sunliners — from side one of their 1968 LP Little Brown Eyed Soul, Key-loc ‎KL-3005

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The Jaggerz — from the 1969 album Introducing the Jaggerz, Gamble ‎SG 5006, Gamble ‎LP 5006; also issued in December 1969 on the single Gamble G238, as the B-side of “Let Me Be Your Man”

The Jaggerz are best known for their big 1970 hit “The Rapper.”

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Tierra — issued in November 1980 on Boardwalk WS8 5702, b/w “Zoot Suit Boogie/In the Mood Theme” — reached #18 on the Billboard Hot 100 pop singles chart in early 1981

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Tony Strong & the Philly All Stars — from their 2013 tribute album Perform the Hits of the Intruders

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1967 Expressway to Your Heart (Gamble-Huff), Soul Survivors (CR-1010)-d50Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble with gold record for Expressway To Your Heart

1967

Expressway to Your Heart (Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff)

The Soul Survivors — issued in July 1967 on Crimson Records CR-1010, b/w “Hey Gyp” (Donovan)

Wikipedia says:

“Expressway to Your Heart” was a #1 hit regionally in Philadelphia and New York in the fall of 1967, and the tune reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100 nationally. “Expressway to Your Heart” spent 15 weeks in the charts and sold over one million copies.[1]

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(below) An extended version, of unknown source, possibly from the album When the Whistle Blows Anything Goes (Mono 1967, Stereo 1968)

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1968 Intruders, Cowboys to Girls LP (back)

1968 Cowboys to Girls, Intruders (G-214) red 1968 Cowboys to Girls, Intruders (G-214) black-f50

1968

Cowboys to Girls (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)

The Intruders —  issued in March 1968 on the single Gamble Records G-214, b/w “Turn the Hands of Time

The recording features an arrangement by Bobby Martin. It became the best selling single by the group, their lone #1 Billboard R&B hit (one week, 11 May 1968), and their only crossover hit to break the top twenty (#6) of the Hot 100 pop chart. Gamble Records also released an Intruders album titled Cowboys to Girls in 1968, which includes “Cowboys to Girls” and “Turn the Hands of Time” as the first two tracks on side A, and nine other recordings.

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1971

I Bet He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You) (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)

The Intruders — Gamble Records single G 4016, issued in September 1971, b/w “Do You Remember Yesterday” (Linda Creed, K. Gamble, Thom Bell); produced by Gamble & Huff, featuring an arrangement by Bobby Martin; #20 R&B, the 18th top 40 hit by the group since 1966.

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(below) Soul Train (TV series) — Season 1, Episode 7, aired: 13 November 1971

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