Temple’s Charles L. Blockson Afro-American collection and Paley library will welcome Grammy award winning soul artists Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff tomorrow for a special presentation.
The discussion, moderated by Philadelphia civil rights activist and attorney Vivienne Crawford, will cover the history and development of soul in Philadelphia.
Held in celebration of Juneteenth, as well as African-American musical appreciation month, Gamble and Huff will discuss their stories and trials establishing themselves as soul musicians and celebrate Philadelphia’s music heritage.
Philadelphia natives, Gamble and Huff’s storied career spans nearly 55 years. Their music has included multiple top 5 hits since their recording career began in Philadelphia. Their songs have been covered by artists such as Diana Ross, and the two were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2008.
The two also founded Philadelphia International Records, which has signed artists such as The Jackson 5 and and Teddy Pendergrass.
The event will take place in the Feinstone Lounge in Temple’s Sullivan Hall at 2 PM tomorrow.