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7:53 PM / Thursday July 18, 2019

12 Jul 2019

International Records celebrate the Patti LaBelle Way street renaming dedication with Welcome America, Inc., and City of Philadelphia

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July 12, 2019 Category: Local Posted by:

ABOVE PHOTO: Patti LaBelle receiving the Gamble & Huff community service award at the Annual Phillies African American Heritage Celebration at Citizens Bank Park. (Photo courtesy of Gamble Huff Entertainment)

 Legendary Sound of Philadelphia architects Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff joined in the Welcome America celebration of homegrown R&B living legend Patti LaBelle with a street naming dedication, issuing the following joint statement:

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“We congratulate our very dear friend Patti LaBelle on her street naming honors today. Patti is one of the greatest music legends to come out of Philadelphia, and she is beloved around the world. This could not happen to a better, and more well-deserved, person and friend! Congrats, Patti!”

The block of Broad Street between Spruce and Locust streets has been renamed “Patti LaBelle Way,” not far from the section of Broad Street that was renamed “Gamble & Huff Way” several years ago.

It also is close to the former location of Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records (PIR) offices, which stood for decades at 309 S. Broad Street.

Signing a recording contract in the 1980s. (Photo courtesy of Gamble Huff Entertainment)

That is where Ms. LaBelle, who grew up with Gamble in West Philadelphia, signed with PIR in the midst of her superstar solo career following worldwide success as leader of the vocal groups Patti LaBelle and the Bluebelles and later, LaBelle.

Her solo hits with Gamble & Huff include “Somebody Loves You Baby” and “If Only You Knew.” More recently, Miss LaBelle collaborated with Gamble & Huff for a pair of 2008 projects, the LaBelle reunion album “Back to Now,” and Gamble’s patriotic anthem, “I Am An American.”

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