Talented teen singers at Chicago West Community Music Center kicked off a series of free in-the-park concerts that featured the music of Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, who created the Philly Soul.
The songwriting and producing team of Gamble and Huff defined a genre of Black music known as “The Sound of Philadelphia,” and dominated the pop and R&B charts for twenty years, while writing or co-writing over 2,500 songs. Earning them numerous gold and platinum records.
Last spring, they received the 2014 Philadelphia Award at a National Constitution Center ceremony. Gamble and Huff duo were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2008. Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff were awarded the prestigious Grammy Trustees Award — an award reserved for musical visionaries from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 1999; they were also inducted into the National Academy of Popular Music Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1995.
These teens will perform the “Sound of Philadelphia” tribute featuring well-known tunes from The O’Jays, Billy Paul, The Delfonics, The Spinners, The Stylistics, Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, The Three Degrees and the Salsoul Orchestra.
The last of the three concerts to be played in Chicago area parks is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. on July 27 at Fuller Park, 331 W. 45th Street in Chicago.