Gamble & Huff Elected Co-Chairmen For Songwriters Hall Of Fame
June 16, 2015 at 11:25 AM (PT)
Legendary songwriters KENNETH GAMBLE and LEON HUFF have been elected Co-Chairmen by the Board of Directors for the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME. In this role, the pair will serve to link their visibility, commitment, achievement and artistic contributions to the public worldwide in the best interests of the organization and of songwriting and music communities everywhere.
GAMBLE & HUFF were inducted into the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME in 1995. In 2014, they received the most esteemed honor, the JOHNNY MERCER AWARD, exclusively reserved for a songwriter or songwriting team who has already been inducted in a prior year, and whose body of work is of such high quality and impact, that it upholds the gold standard set by the legendary songwriter the award is named after.
"I am absolutely delighted with the election of KENNY GAMBLE and LEON HUFF -- among the greatest and longest-lasting songwriting teams in music history -- as the Co-Chairs of the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME,” said President/CEO LINDA MORAN. “I have no doubt that the prestige and magical touch that KENNY and LEON have brought to all things musical will start a wonderful new chapter for our organization."
Added GAMBLE & HUFF: “We are extremely honored and proud to serve as Chairmen of this very prestigious organization, the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME. Songwriting is the very core of who we are creatively in the music industry. Therefore, this Co-Chairmenship position and honor means a lot to us as we honor and proudly support all our fellow songwriters everywhere. More importantly, we look forward to working with LINDA MORAN and the SONGWRITERS HALL OF FAME Board of Directors to promote this great organization and its mission to honor and support its prolific array of songwriters associated with it. As we have experienced, every hit record ever produced always started with us as great songwriters first."
The creators of the "Sound Of PHILADELPHIA," GAMBLE & HUFF have won five GRAMMYS for their songwriting and collected 86 BMI Pop and R&B Awards. The pair founded PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS in 1971, and by 1973, the label was second only to MOTOWN as the largest AFRICAN-AMERICAN-owned company in the U.S. It served a the birthplace, incubator and launching pad for the PHILLY SOUL sound, a unique blend of R&B rhythms, sweet soul vocals, deep funk grooves, pulsing horn charts and lush string arrangements with melodic structures combining elements of pop, jazz and world music.
GAMBLE & HUFF continue to write songs together to this day. GAMBLE also helps to develop other writers and producers in the PHILADELPHIA area, focusing on improving the lives of others through investments into the AFRICAN-AMERICAN communities, and HUFF continues to write everyday while working on new R&B and jazz-style album projects.