The iconic Philadelphia International Records sign outside of the Sound Of Philadelphia building will be 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 this 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.
Chuck Gamble, executive vice president for Philadelphia International Records and Gamble-Huff Music, says that artifacts within the building will be kept in storage for later consideration to be placed in museums.
The sign lowering event will take place Wednesday between 9:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. The removal of the sign is open to the public, and the building is located at 309 S. Broad St. / Gamble Huff Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19107.
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