Gamble and Huff to Be Honored By Songwriters Hall of Fame

Philly-based TSOP pioneers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff will receive the top prize at this year’s Songwriters Hall of Fame ceremony: the Johnny Mercer Award.

AP reports that the award will be presented on June 12 in New York City. Last year, the prize went to Elton John and Bernie Taupin.

Gamble and Huff — inducted into the Songwriters  Hall of Fame in 1995 — are most known for a string of Philly soul hits that spanned the 1970s and early-1980s, like Billy Paul’s “Me and Mrs. Jones,” Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” and the O’Jays “Love Train.” The duo recently made news for transferring the rights to their Philadelphia International Records Catalogue to Sony Music Entertainment. It’s a big year for these two.

Listen to some of the aforementioned TSOP classics below.