Gamble & Huff Receive Star-Studded Salute with Patti LaBelle at 2016 Marian Anderson Awards

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Pioneering “Sound of Philadelphia” architects Kenneth Gamble, left, and Leon Huff, congratulate each other as honorees at last night’s 2016 Marian Anderson Awards. Photo credit: David Ickes.

Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff received the Marian Anderson Award with Patti Labelle Tuesday night at a gala held at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia. The R&B pioneers launched their Philadelphia International record company in 1970 and wrote hit songs for The Supremes, The O’Jays, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes and more. Patti Labelle started her solo career on Philadelphia International and also received the honor of the Marian Anderson Award.

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Pioneering “Sound of Philadelphia” architects Kenneth Gamble, left, and Leon Huff, right, are joined by fellow honoree and former TSOP recording artist Patti LaBelle at last night’s 2016 Marian Anderson Awards. Photo credit: David Ickes.