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‘The Sound Of Philadelphia’ Documentary

Produced by Alex Gibney, the Philly Soul story, as told by its three greatest writer/producer/arranger hitmakers is the focus of an upcoming documentary.

Titled The Sound of Philadelphia, the film features never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews with “The Mighty Three” – Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell – who founded Philadelphia International Records in the 196os and served as the hitmakers for such artists as the O’Jays, the Spinners, the Jacksons, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, Teddy Pendergrass, the Intruders, Patti Labelle, Lou Rawls, MFSB, and many, many more.

In a statement, Gamble, Huff, and Bell said “After six decades, we are incredibly proud to finally share our life stories with the world and showcase all the hard work that has gone into creating this great music… Our longtime fans and new fans will get a unique look into the creation of the Sound of Philadelphia with the themes of empowerment and love, to ‘people all over the world’ as we’ve always had a ‘Message in our Music!!!’”

Producer Alex Gibney added “I am thrilled to co-produce this film about these exceptional songwriters, whose words and music continue to have an impact. And pleased to be working again with my friend Sam Pollard — who produced and edited Sinatra: All or Nothing At All, a fine director with a profound understanding of music.”

Director Sam Pollard stated “I was absolutely delighted when I was approached about directing a feature-length doc about the extraordinary music creators Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff, and Thom Bell. They made superstars out of artists that previously toiled in obscurity, through songs of peace, love, social conscience, and turmoil. I’m looking forward to working with my dear friend Alex Gibney again as we shine a light on the powerful, sophisticated, and timeless ‘Sound of Philadelphia.’”

The Sound of Philadelphia is a collaboration between Warner Music Entertainment, Warner Chappell Music, Imagine Documentaries and Gibney’s Jigsaw Productions.

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