Street name honors Sound of Philadelphia producers

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. - November 17, 2010

The 300 block of South Broad Street has been re-named for Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.

Gamble and Huff are among the most prolific professional songwriting teams of all time! And the city of Philadelphia turned out on Wednesday for the renaming of the block they made famous to people all over the world!

Today's celebration began inside Philadelphia International Records with Camden's sensational group Ju-tuan singing a Gamble and Huff tune from the 70's.

Legendary D.J. Jerry Blavat served as MC, and Gamble's 95 year old mother, Ruby made a rare appearance, along with his brother, Carl.

And Gamble remembered the first time he met Huff in an elevator in the old Shubert Theatre.

"When Huff and I got together it was like a match made in heaven," said Kenny Gamble.

The festivities later moved outside where a crowd of nearly 400 people gathered. There was music and a host of dignitaries. Mayor Nutter presented Gamble and Huff with replicas of the Liberty Bell.

Also in attendance Lloyd Parks, who sang 1st tenor with the Blue Notes, and William Hart who sand the high notes for the Delphonics.

"It means a lot to know that my work is being appreciated, you know, 'La La Means I love you' and 'Didn't I blow your mind this time'," said William Hart.

And also in attendance was singer Billy Paul, who sang "Me and Mrs. Jones".

"I love that this happened to Gamble and Huff. They made me," said Paul. "I'm just happy."

Finally, the new sign that changes the name of Broad Street between Spruce and Pine to "Gamble and Huff Walk" was revealed, so that, in the words of Streets Commissioner, Clarena Tolson, "all who pass down Broad Street will know what lies here, genius."

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