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


 Along with his partner Kenneth Gamble, songwriter-producer Leon Huff 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 Len Barry, Bobby Rush, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, John Madara and David White, Huff has also written such hits as The O'Jays' "Back Stabbers" and the People's Choices' "Do It Any Way You Wanna" along with other hits for artists like Barry, Chubby Checker and Archie Bell and the Drells.

Indeed, Huff's output is so prodigious that he's written or co-written over 3,000. He has received over 300 gold and platinum records in addition to numerous Grammy Award nominations (he and Gamble own a Lifetime Achievement Grammy), and with Gamble, helped pioneer the R&B subgenre of "Philadelphia soul": Together they formed Philadelphia International Records in 1971 and after signing to a distribution deal with CBS Records, wrote and produced so many of the hits already mentioned, and so many more.

Leon Huff was born in Camden, New Jersey, on April 8, 1942. He…

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Discography Highlights

ME AND MRS. JONES Cary Gilbert, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co.

BRAND NEW ME Theresa Bell, Jerry Butler, Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff
Ensign Music Corp./Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Co.

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