BLACK MUSIC MONTH SPOTLIGHT: Kenny Gamble & Leon HuffPublished by Justin Joseph on Friday, June 22, 2012 at 8:59 am.
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff met on an elevator. But what occurred from this chance meeting was the creation of one of the most legendary production teams of all time and the cultivation of the Philadelphia soul sound— lush string orchestrations, a powerful rhythm section and a disco beat.
Through their Philadelphia International Records, they crafted some of R&B and soul’s biggest hits: “Me and Mrs. Jones” performed by Billy Paul, “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, “For the Love of Money” by The O’Jays (seen below) and “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” by Dee Dee Warwick.
For 45 years, Gamble and Huff have produced over 170 gold and platinum records, proving that their production prowess is undeniable and their musical legacy will be everlasting.
In 2008, the duo was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Below is video of that induction, that includes a performance from the legendary Patti Labelle—who was an artist on their label.