EXCLUSIVE: Origins | Songwriting Legends Gamble, Huff & Bell Discuss Their Songwriting Start
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2022 marks the 60th year of BMI’s uninterrupted relationship with the legendary Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell. To commemorate this monumental occasion, we are very pleased to share a conversation with all three gentlemen who have gathered together, by Zoom and phone, for the first time in a decade. With a catalog that defines them as one of the preeminent songwriting/producing trios of all time, they have more than earned their place in the pantheon of great American music. In three video chapters, these master music creators discuss their unparalleled body of work, creative process, impactful legacy and rich history with BMI.
BMI is exceptionally proud to say that we have been with Gamble, Huff & Bell every step of their remarkable journey. Since their inception as a songwriting team in the early 1960’s, we have been privileged to share an uninterrupted 60-year affiliation with these esteemed and influential songwriter/producers. Collectively, they have won 93 BMI Awards. Gamble was named a BMI Songwriter of the Year in 1970, 1973, 174 and 1977, while Huff was a BMI Songwriter of the Year in 1974 and 1977. In 2009, Gamble & Huff became BMI Icon Award recipients. Gamble, Huff and Bell have all been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In this chapter, these revered music creators discuss the foundation of the creative collaboration and enduring relationship with BMI.
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