Monday, March 10, 2008

Great Moments in Funk history: Gamble & Huff

Yes, yes, I know that Madonna is being enshrined in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, but excuse me for being more interested in the inclusion of two Funk/Soul giants: Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, the architects of the Philly Sound. What's the "Philly Sound," you say? Do you know the O'Jays? Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes? The Stylistics? Patti LaBelle? Teddy Pendergrass? Have you heard "Me & Mrs. Jones," "Backstabbers,""Love Train," or "For the Love of money"? If you answered no to all of those questions...

...smack yourself. Not hard, but just hard enough to make sure it doesn't happen again. Then, go to your nearest record store and treat yourself to some old school Philly grooves.
All kidding aside, it's nice to see Gamble and Huff getting some recognition. Their house band, MFSB, was one of the funkiest ever put to wax.


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