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Happy 40th to Philadelphia International.

Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff’s influential record label is being celebrated during 2012 with various re-releases, including a 10-CD box set.

It’s estimated they’ve written around 3,000 tracks together.

So choosing a handful to highlight in this post has proved a little like choosing your Desert Island Discs.

Should I pick The O’Jays ‘Love Train’ or Billy Paul’s ‘Me and Mrs.Jones,’ or one of their early productions – Laura Nyro and LaBelle’s album ‘Gonna Take a Miracle’?

These performances, someĀ takenĀ from the great US tv show ‘Soul Train,’ demonstrate that as much care was taken with the presentation as the music itself.

Enjoy.

The O’Jays – Back Stabbers

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes – If You Don’t Know Me By Now

The Three Degrees – When Will I See You Again

The Jacksons – Let Me Show You The Way To Go

Gamble and Huff – official website

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