Gamble & Huff: selected songs written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, 1972-1976

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

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All songs on featured on this page were written by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, except “Me and Mrs. Jones” which was written by Gamble, Huff, and Cary “Hippy” Gilbert

1972

Billy Paul 1

Me and Mrs. Jones (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Cary “Hippy” Gilbert)

Billy Paul — 45 rpm single Philadelphia International ZS7 3521, issued on 13 September 1972, b/w “Your Song” — chart peaks: #1 Hot 100 (3 weeks, 16-30 December 1972), #1 R&B (4 weeks, 9-30 December 1972)

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1973 Love Train-O'Jays, Epic (NL) EPC 1181

Love Train (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)

The O’Jays — Philadelphia International ZS7 3524, issued on 20 December 1972, b/w “Who Am I” — chart success: #1 R&B (4 weeks, 17 February-10 March 1973), #1 Hot 100 (1 week, 24 March 1973)

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If You Don’t Know Me By Now (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes — from their debut album on the Philadelphia International Records label, Miss You*, released in August 1972. The track featured an arrangement by Philadelphia soul legend Bobby Martin, who passed away on 6 September 2013 of “an unexpected illness”.

The single, Philadelphia International ZS7 3520, issued in September 1972, b/w “Let Me Into Your World,” topped the R&B chart for two weeks, 18 and 25 November 1972 (replacing “I’ll Be Around” by The Spinners), and reached #3 on the Hot 100 chart.

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1973

When Will I See You Again (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)

The Three Degrees — recorded in 1973, with an arrangement by Bobby Martin, and released on their 1973 album The Three Degrees. In the UK, it was released as a single in June 1974, which topped the UK pop chart in August. The US single, Philadelphia International ZS8 3550, was issued on 4 September 1974, b/w Year of Decision (Gamble & Huff).

U.S. chart peaks, Autumn 1974:
#1 — Adult Contemporary
#2 — Hot 100 (pop)
#2 — Disco
#4 — R&B

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The Love I Lost (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes — Philadelphia International ZS7 3533 (side A: part 1, side B: part 2), issued on 30 August 1973

Wikipedia says:

Selling more than a million copies, it peaked at number seven on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart and spent 2 weeks at number one on the Hot Soul Singles chart.[1] It also reached number 21 in the UK on the BBC Top 50 singles chart in early 1974.

“The Love I Lost (Part 1)”

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1976

1976 All Things In Time-Lou Rawls LP, Philadelphia International PZ 33957 (back)

You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine (Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff)

Wikipedia says:

The song proved to be Rawls’ breakthrough hit, reaching number two on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one on the R&B[1] and Easy Listening charts. The single also reached number four on the dance chart.[2] It was the only Rawls’ record to reach Billboard’s pop top ten. It was the first big hit for Philadelphia International to feature the reformulated MFSB, after many of the original members left Gamble and Huff for better opportunities.[3] The song started Rawls’ live shows from 1977 on.

Lou Rawls — issued in April 1976 on the single Philadelphia International ZS8 3592, b/w “Let’s Fall In Love All Over Again” (R. L. Martin) — singles chart success: #4 Hot 100, #1 R&B (2 weeks, 24-31 July) — A longer version of the recording appeared on Rawls’ LP All Things In Time, released on 7 June 1976; length: 4:26 (album version), 3:36 (single edit)

album version

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Soul Train, Season 6, Episode 23, airdate: 22 January 1977

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The Midnight Special,  live performance — either from Season 4, Episode 43, airdate: 10 September 1976 (season finale), or Season 6, Episode 8, airdate: 4 November 1977

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* The album was retitled Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes and given a new cover after the success of the single “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.”

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