Leon
Huff


Session pianist Leon Huff became half of a seminal R&B songwriting and production team when he teamed with Kenny Gamble in 1965. Huff played on sessions for Phil Spector, the Ronettes, and Carole King in New York City before moving to Philadelphia. He formed the Locomotions, and did sessions for Cameo and Swan. Huff performed on the song "The 81," which was co-written by Kenny Gamble, who was at the session seeing the tune being recorded by Candy & the Kisses. Huff earned his first hit as a composer writing "Mixed-Up Shook-Up Girl"  in 1964 for Camden's own Patty &  the Emblems. He joined the Romeos the next year, then teamed with Gamble to form Gamble Records. They subsequently co-wrote and co-produced songs for the Soul Survivors, the O'Jays, and others before forming Philadelphia International Records in the early '70s. Their use of strings, the sophisticated yet soulful sound, and careful mix of socially conscious and romantic tunes provided hits for the O'Jays, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergass, MFSB, the Intruders, and others. Leon Huff also wrote hits on his own for the Ebonys, Peoples Choice, Carolyn Crawford, and Bunny Sigler. He issued two singles as a solo artist on Philadelphia International in 1980 and 1981, with "I Ain't Jivin', I'm Jammin'" getting some moderate recognition. A mystery remains as to why the label collapsed in the '80s.

Leon Huff reissued Here To Create Music in 1999, and wrote and produced an excellent song about his hometown entitled, CAMDEN, NEW JERSEY, which was released in 2001.

~ Ron Wynn, All Music Guide 


LEON HUFF

HERE TO CREATE MUSIC

CD(US) THE RIGHT STUFF 72434-98951-2-6 IN 1999

ORIGINALLY ISSUED IN THE SUMMER OF 1980

PRODUCER: LEON HUFF

RHYTHM ARRANGEMENTS: LEON HUFF

TRACK3: NO GREATER LOVE 6:12

(LEON HUFF)

STRING & HORN ARRANGEMENTS: 
LEON HUFF & JOHN R. FAITH


Leon Huff with Phil Cohen at WNJC 1360 AM - 1999

     As "Phil Casden", I had the honor to be the first disc jockey ANYWHERE to play tracks off the re-released "Here To Create Music", first time on Compact Disc, in 1999.

-Phil Cohen 


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