Date Tue, 20 Apr 1999 13:05:32 -0500
DID YOU KNOW:
The original name for Philadelphia International Records was Neptune. They had the Neptune label in 1969 when it was distributed by Chess. When they made the distribution deal with CBS in 1971, the name was changed to Philadelphia International.
Gamble & Huff produced an album on Raquel Welch in 1975 for Philadelphia International, but it was never released.
Super-diva Darlene Love was signed to PIR in 1974, but her contract was sold before she got a chance to record. In her book, she said she really wanted to work with Gamble & Huff and was devastated when things fell through.
Kenny Gamble sang background on Barbara Mason's 1965 smash, "Yes, I'm Ready."
Leon Huff played piano on Len Barry's 1965 hit, "1-2-3." He also wrote and produced Patti and the Emblems', 'Mixed Up, Shook Up Girl" from 1964, as well as "At The Top Of The Stairs" for The Formations from 1968 and Bunny Sigler's "Let The Good Times Roll" LP from 1966.
Gamble wanted to sign Eddie Levert as a solo artist in 1972. The O'Jays were kind of in limbo at the time, but Eddie didn't want to break up the group. Their situation with the Gamble & Huff's ill-fated Neptune label was a big disappointment. But despite offers from Motown and All Platinum, the guys reluctantly decided to give it a shot.
Philadelphia International was interested in The Emotions when their contract with Stax expired, but the girls decided to work with Maurice White for Columbia.
Motown/Philly Connection - There were six acts that recorded for both Motown and Philadelphia International:
1. The Jacksons
2. Jerry Butler
3. Jean Carn
4. Bobby Taylor
5. Carolyn Crawford
6. The Whitehead Brothers
The Temptations almost did when they left Motown in 1976, but the group and Kenny Gamble could not come to terms. As a matter of fact, they came close to signing with them twice.
When The Temptations left Motown in 1976, Gamble wanted to sign the group. The kicker was that he wanted to bring back David Ruffin and Eddie Kendricks and drop Richard Street and Damon Harris. Otis Williams didn't think that would be fair to the guys already in the group, so it didn't happen. Instead they signed with Atlantic. Their first LP was produced by ex-Gamble & Huff mainstays Norman Harris & Ron Baker.
The O'Jays were recommended to Gamble by The Intruders. The two groups had done a number of shows together and had become good friends.