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Legendary Philly Music Producers Honored With Street Naming

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Ceremonies were being held all day Wednesday on South Broad Street to celebrate the naming of the block between Pine and Spruce after the legendary “Sound Of Philadelphia” producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.

huffgamble karin Legendary Philly Music Producers Honored With Street Naming

(Leon Huff, left, and Kenny Gamble respond to reporter questions. Photo by Karin Phillips)

About 400 people were on hand as the new street signs went up.

The naming ceremonies for the new “Gamble & Huff Walk” began inside Philadelphia International Records, where the two men began creating their legendary sound almost forty years ago after an accidental meeting in an elevator.

Kenneth Gamble says all artists coming out of the Sound Of Philly are being honored along with him and his partner.

“I’m just thankful, just thankful that Huff and I were able to write songs and make opportunities for many other people,” Gamble said.

And Leon Huff says it never gets old.

“You know, they named a Leon Huff Way in Camden for me, too.  So this is a second coming for me, in a different form but a greater form.”

Hear the entire press conference with Gamble and Huff…

The naming ceremony is a soft launch of a two-year celebration of 40 years of the Sound Of Philadelphia.

Reported by Karin Phillips, KYW Newsradio 1060.

  • Ms.Priss

    The sound of “Philly”,was also put into action by “Tommy Bell” so what happen,to his place in this dedication?Philly is one fickle City’.Thom chose to live elsewhere,but his huge contribution to the music made in Philly is unsurmountable.I am sad that the years of friendship between Bell and Gamble has come to Thom’s not being honored for his accomplishments,in the making of the “Sound of Philadelphia”.

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