It’s the end of an era in Philly, at 309 South Broad Street, corner of Spruce, where the “Sound of Philadelphia” was born.
The iconic Philadelphia International Records sign outside of the Sound Of Philadelphia building was removed on Wednesday (Oct. 15), marking the end of an era. The label’s building, owned by legendary songwriters Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Thom Bell, was sold last week and will make way for a hotel and condominium project.
Gamble, Huff and Bell bought the property in 1970, leading to some prosperous years for the label. The recording studios within the building have been used by a variety of R&B legends over the years, including the late Michael Jackson, Patti LaBelle and Chubby Checker among others.
The building was the corporate offices for both Philadelphia International Records and Gamble-Huff Music. In 2010, an arson fire severely damaged the building and the group was never able to revive the structure.
We’ve had a “Philly sound” week before, but its only fitting to pay tribute to this legendary studio. Here’s to Philadelphia International Records and the timeless music created within those iconic walls. Songs this week were all recorded at the famed studios.
If You Don’t Know Me By Now – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Miracle Play of the Week: Super Bowl XLII – The Helmet Catch
Eli Mannng’s pass to David Tyree was an American football play involving the two New York Giants players in the final two minutes of Super Bowl XLII on February 3, 2008. It featured Manning escaping from the grasp of three New England Patriots defensive players and throwing a forward pass, followed by Tyree making a leaping catch by pressing the ball against his helmet. The play, a 32-yard gain during a drive on which the Giants would score their game-winning touchdown, was instrumental in the Giants’ 17–14 upset victory over the Patriots, who were on the brink of an undefeated season. NFL Films‘ Steve Sabol called it “the greatest play the Super Bowl has ever produced”. The play was also named by NFL Films “The Play of the Decade (2000s)”. The play has also been nicknamed “The Helmet Catch“.
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