Thursday, February 26, 2009


Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, architects of the Philadelphia soul dynasty of the 1960's and '70's, will be honored as BMI Icons at its 57th annual Pop Awards on May 19 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, according to Variety.

The evening will end with an all-star musical tribute to the pair. Gamble and Huff composed and produced landmark work by their Philly Intl. Records artists such as the O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Jerry Butler, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Three Degrees and Billy Paul.

They have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame, and have received the Recording Academy's Trustees Award.

The invitation-only event also will honor the songwriters and publishers of the past year's most-performed pop songs in the U.S.

These gentlemen definitely deserve this honor. Congrats!