All joking aside... fans of soul music have something to celebrate today. Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff are going into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame! (Mr. Gamble is the one standing in the photo above.) Hearty congratulations to them.
Gamble and/or Huff are credited writers on more than 1,000 songs (including rap tracks that sample their music). Hey... let’s enjoy a few of their songs now!
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1. “Hey Western Union Man” – Diana Ross & the Supremes
Written by Gamble, Huff and Jerry Butler. Originally recorded by Butler. Also covered by jazz guitarist Grant Green.
2. “I’m Gonna Make You Love Me” – Nancy Wilson
Written by Gamble, Huff and Jerry Ross. Originally recorded by Dee Dee Warwick. Most famously recorded by Diana Ross & the Supremes with the Temptations. (I never knew this was a Gamble & Huff tune!) Also covered by the Chi-Lites, Michael McDonald and many others.
3. “Drowning In the Sea of Love” – Joe Simon
Written by Gamble & Huff. Covered by B.B. King, Boz Scaggs, Ringo Starr and others.
4. “Show You the Way to Go” – The Jacksons
Written by Gamble & Huff. (One of my favorite Michael Jackson vocals evar.)
5. “Don’t Leave Me This Way (Almighty mix)” – Thelma Houston
Written by Gamble, Huff and Cary Gilbert. Originally recorded by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Also covered by the Communards, Sheena Easton and others.