Philadelphia International Records
is a record label
founded by writer-producers, Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff
. It was famous for showcasing the sub-genre of Philadelphia soul
music and released a string of worldwide hits during the decade.
The label was set up in connection with the music publishing company run by Gamble, Huff and another Philadelphia producer, Thom Bell (Mighty Three/ Assorted Music). Main artists signed to the label included The O'Jays, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes (including lead singer Teddy Pendergrass, who later signed a solo deal), Lou Rawls, The Three Degrees, and Billy Paul.
The label's major hits included: "TSOP (The Sound Of Philadelphia)" by MFSB, featuring The Three Degrees, 1974 (which was later adopted as the theme of the TV dance-music show "Soul Train
"); "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" by McFadden & Whitehead (writers and producers with the label), 1979; "Backstabbers" and "Love Train" by The O'Jays, 1972/3; "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and "The Love I Lost" by Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, 1972/3; "Me And Mrs Jones" by Billy Paul, 1972; "When Will I See You Again" by The Three Degrees, 1974; and "You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine" by Lou Rawls, 1976.
The label had a distribution deal with CBS Records
. Distribution of the catalog from 1976 onwards was then taken over by EMI
, but CBS/Sony Music......