Fire Damages Philadelphia International Records Building
February 22, 2010 at 9:31 AM (PT)
The PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS building in PHILADELPHIA was damaged by fire over the weekend and is currently being investigated. The building houses the studios and offices of the award winning duo of KENNY GAMBLE and LEON HUFF. CHUCK GAMBLE, EX/VP and nephew of KENNY GAMBLE, said that he believes the fire started about 7a SUNDAY morning and was confined to the third floor offices.
While there was extensive damage, the fire didn’t destroy any of the company’s most valuable belongings, include some 10,000 original recordings which were stored outside the building.
PHILADELPHIA INTERNATIONAL RECORDS was home to some of the most popular artists of '70s and '80s, including THE O’JAYS, BILLY PAUL, HAROLD MELVIN, JERRY BUTLER, THE STYLISTICS, LOU RAWLS, TEDDY PENDERGRASS, PATTI LABELLE and THE TRAMMPS.