Philly hitmakers speak on studio fire

    Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who created the sound of Philadelphia, are assessing fire damage at their legendary studio.



     

     

     

     

     

     


     

     

    Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, who created the sound of Philadelphia, are assessing fire damage at their legendary studio.


     
    Kenneth and Leon are the men behind tracks for Chubby Checker, The O’Jays and even Michael Jackson, who all recorded hits at Philadelphia International Records. The writer-producer duo was devastated to discover on Sunday that their offices had been ravaged by fire. 


     
    “Our space has been violated by someone who chose to set fire to it,” they said in a joint statement. “But what’s most important is that we will build it again and continue to rebuild. Nothing is going to stop us.”


     
    The fire sparked in the studio’s office space, and officials are calling the blaze suspicious. The cause of the fire is not clear at this time. But while, investigators are trying to figure out what started the blaze, Ken and Leon are assessing the damage.


     
    So far, they believe that about 40 percent of the memorabilia housed in their offices was destroyed by the fire. The losses include commemorative Gold and Platinum records as well as a stock of CDs from Lou Rawls, The Jacksons, Patti Labelle and Teddy Pendergrass.


     
    “Some of the things we lost in the fire are irreplaceable,” the outraged men said. We will know better in the days ahead what our total losses will be.”


     
    Thankfully the actual studio at PIR seems to have suffered the least amount of damage. However, damage to the equipment in that space has yet to be determined.



     

     

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