Tuesday, March 17, 2009
J Matt Talks About Gamble & Huff at SoulMusic.com
Gospel music isn't the only music genre that peaks my attention. Raised on the good stuff from my mom -n- pop's records, I found myself studying, learning and exposing myself to musical styles and genres consisting of pop, soul, R&B, disco, jazz and rock.
This month, I contributed an appreciation article to David Nathan's SoulMusic.com on the rich and enduring legacy of one of the greatest tag-team contributors to the soul music kingdom: Kenneth Gamble & Leon A. Huff. Their dynamic and creative forces drove the legendary Philadelphia International Records - one of the greatest black music labels of all time - to the top of the charts and opened doors for dozens of great music acts including Teddy Pendergrass, Patti LaBelle, Bunny Sigler (talented songwriter who has just recently recorded a gospel album), the O'Jays, the Intruders, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, M.F.S.B. and Billy Paul. But beyond their smart entrepreneur skills, their work as a songwriter duo helped define the blueprint of '70s soul music and even pioneered what most music historians call the pulse of the disco movement. With the accompanying talented rhythm, string and horn sections of M.F.S.B., Gamble & Huff pumped out dozens of R&B and pop hit singles that include "Back Stabbers," "Only the Strong Survive," "Close the Door," "For the Love of Money," "When Will I See You Again, "The Love I Lost," "Love Train," and "If You Don't Love Me By Now." The list goes on and on and on.
The appreciation article on Gamble & Huff can be viewed at SoulMusic.com at:
SoulMusic.com is one of the coolest websites focused on preserving the rich heritage and legacy of R&B and soul music. And I'm glad to be one of the fortunate ones to make such a contribution to their popular database of history. David Nathan (a.k.a. "British Ambassador of Soul), for those who may not know, is a stellar writer, music historian and has written wonderful liner notes for countless compilations and re-issues for Luther Vandross, Maze featuring Frankie Beverly and Aretha Franklin, just to name a few.