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Honored with SHOF’s highest accolade, the Johnny Mercer Award, in 2014


Along with his partner Leon Huff, songwriter-producer Kenneth Gamble has penned a multitude of timeless pop and R&B hits including Billy Paul's "Me and Mrs. Jones," the Soul Survivors' "Expressway to Your Heart," "Archie Bell and the Drells' "I Can't Stop Dancing," the Three Degrees' "When Will I See You Again," Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes' "If You Don't Know Me by Now," and "Don't Leave Me This Way" and The O'Jays "Love Train" and "Now That We Found Love." Other top artists who have covered their songs include Elvis Presley, Jerry Butler, Patti LaBelle, Phyllis Hyman, Freddie Scott, the Sweet Inspirations, Betty Everett, Dusty Springfield, Wilson Pickett, Nancy Wilson, Joe Simon, The Jacksons, Lou Rawls and Teddy Pendergrass.

On his own or with other writers like Jerry Ross, Luther Dixon, Thom Bell, Linda Creed, Bunny Sigler and Archie Bell, Gamble has also written Diana Ross & the Supremes and the Temptations "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," The Stylistics' "Break Up to Make Up" and Patti LaBelle's "If Only You Knew" along with other hits by artists like Freddy Cannon, The Drifters, The O'Jays, Bobby Hebb, Peaches & Herb, Jerry Butler and Phyllis Hyman.

Incredibly, Gamble has had a hand in writing over 3,000 songs, and with Huff, helped pioneer the R&B subgenre of "Philadelphia soul": Together they formed Philadelphia International Records in 1971 and after signing to a distributiin deal with CBS Records, wrote and produced so many of the hits already mentioned, and so many more.

Kenneth Gamble was born in Philadelphia on August 11, 1943. He was always surrounded by music, in fact, much of his…

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