Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff were pioneers of “Philadelphia Soul.” They were songwriters and producers who have fifteen gold singles and 22 gold albums, and are members of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They’ve worked with Archie Bell and the Drells, Jerry Butler, The Intruders, Billy Paul, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and The O’Jays, who had three hit songs with them in the 1970’s.
As always, there is just so much to choose from, and a more-or-less complete list of the songs they wrote together and with other authors can be found on Wikipedia. The website of Gamble-Huff Productions has full biographies of both men, as well as samples of their work; on the home page, it proclaims that a Gamble & Huff song plays somewhere in the world every 14.5 minutes.
Our first song today is “Back Stabbers” as performed by the O’Jays. It was written by Leon Huff, Gene McFadden, and John Whitehead in 1972. This song reached #1 on the R&B chart and #3 on the Hot 100 that year.
“Cowboys to Girls,” written by Gamble and Huff, was a hit for The Intruders in 1968; it reached #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, your Two for Tuesday, September 1, 2015.