Philadelphia-born Kenneth Gamble enjoyed his first taste of the music business as a singer recording for various record labels including Columbia, Epic, Atlantic and Arctic. But that, indeed, was only the beginning. Entering the field as an artist, he soon spread his wings as an entrepreneur, becoming a record store proprietor, leader of a group (Kenny Gamble and The Romeos) and founder of Gamble Records, a company which distributed its own product and also gave birth to The Intruders, a local group which managed to dent the charts.
Over the years since the early '60s, Gamble has become a songwriter and producer of major importance, contributing much to the later development that came to be known as The Philadelphia Sound. He has written and produced for such names as Jerry Butler, Wilson Pickett, Laura Nyro, Nancy Wilson and Dusty Springfield and has also played a role in the career development of such performers as Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, The O'Jays, MFSB, Shirley Jones, The Jones Girls, The Whitehead Brothers and Billy Paul.
Gamble, with then partner Leon Huff, co-founded Philadelphia International Records in 1971, thereby setting in motion a chain of events which would not only focus national attention on the validity of black music, but also give new meaning to the term, "The Philadelphia Sound." When the company first became associated with CBS Records for distribution, it was Gamble who worked directly with CBS sales and promotion personnel in developing campaigns to reach this powerful, ever-growing market.
Despite the pressure of his ongoing musical activities, Gamble has managed to make many social contributions as well. He is a past board…