Gamble and Huff were the “Music architects of the Sound of Philadelphia”. They also had Regeneration and Corporate Initiatives.
Gamble and Huff became known as the architects of the “Philadelphia Sound” with their business partner Thom Bell, joint owners of the Mighty Three Publishing Company, a powerful brand that is heard every 13 minutes somewhere around the globe on radio, movie soundtracks , television and in advertising campaigns, according to Executive Vice President Chuck Gamble.
The Gamble and Huff Music Brand
These two individuals have celebrated over 40 years of creative partnership since the founding of their label, Philadelphia International Records, based at 309 South Broad Street in the down-town of Philadelphia, next to the internationally-known Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, where many performances have been conducted over many decades and which is a key centre for the cultural and entertainment community of Philadelphia.
“The Mighty Three Music Publishing Empire”
Gamble and Huff were recipients of the prestigious Ivor Novello Award presented on 25th May 2006 by the British Academy of Composers & Songwriters, in association with The Performing Rights Society. Gamble and Huff were also inducted into the Songwriters Hall Fame in New York in 1995.
Looking back to the year 1989, they received a Grammy award for “Best Rhythm & Blues Song” for “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” (performed by the group Simply Red) at 32nd Annual Awards Ceremony. The song peaked at the number one position on the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart, 15th July 1989 (1 week) and also peaked at number one on the Billboard Adult Contemporary Singles Chart, 24th July 1989 (6 weeks).
Gamble and Huff are the first R&B record producers to achieve R&B number ones over three decades starting from 1967 when they had their first number one on the Billboard Soul and R&B Singles chart listings for “Cowboys To Girls” Gamble 214 , 11th May 1967 (1week) performed by The Intruders on the Gamble label jointly owned by Gamble and Huff. Their last one number as producers and songwriters was 20 years later for “Loving You”, Philadelphia International 50084 on the Billboard Soul and R&B Singles chart listings for 1 week on 7th November 1987, performed The O’Jays
Philadelphia International Records was the second black record label behind Motown Records to achieve number one hit records on the Billboard Soul and R&B Singles listings over three decades starting from 1972 to 1991, ending with the late Phyllis Hyman’s only number one of her entire career which peaked at number one on 21st September 1991, (1 week)14005 PIR /Zoo Entertainment, produced by Nick Martinelli with Gamble and Huff as executive producers.