Culture of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  1. Sony Music Seals Global Rights to Entire Philadelphia International Catalog; New Releases Set

    February 18, 2014 12:22 PM EST Sony Music Entertainment has secured global rights to the entire catalog of Philadelphia International Records, the iconic label founded by award-winning songwriter/producers Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff. The deal reunites the whole PIR catalog un ...

  2. Urban Radio Legend Joe 'Butterball' Tamburro Dies

    July 27, 2012 7:15 PM EDT The urban music industry and R&B fans alike are mourning the death of Joe "Butterball" Tamburro. The longtime WDAS Philadelphia radio personality and program director died on July 27 at the age of 70. An Italian-American from South P ...

  3. Gamble & Huff Sign With William Morris Endeavor

    March 03, 2011 8:00 AM EST Soul music production legends Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff have signed with William Morris Endeavor (WME) in all areas. The pair, who have never before been represented by a talent agency, have written and produced more than 3,500 songs in the las ...

  4. Bernie Wilson of Harold Melvin & Blue Notes Dies

    December 28, 2010 12:00 AM EST Bernie Wilson, baritone member of the rhythm and blues group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes that produced the 1972 hit "If You Don't Know Me by Now," has died. Wilson, 64, died early Sunday at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, N. ...

  5. Shake-Up At Live Nation Philly

    February 16, 2010 12:00 AM EST Larry Magid has left his post as chairman of Live Nation Philadelphia, Billboard has learned. Geoff Gordon remains as president of Live Nation Philadelphia. The circumstances of Magid's departure are unclear, and Live Nation declined to comme ...

  6. Teddy Pendergrass Dead At 59

    January 14, 2010 12:00 AM EST Teddy Pendergrass, who became R&B's reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s with his forceful, masculine voice and passionate love ballads and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that lef ...

  7. Kenny Gamble And Leon Huff To Receive BMI Icon Award

    May 05, 2009 12:00 AM EDT The Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff songwriting team will receive the Icon Award at the 57th annual BMI Pop Awards, to be held May 19 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The duo composed and produced for the O'Jays, Lou Rawls, Jerry Butl ...

  8. Gamble & Huff Tapped As BMI Icons

    February 23, 2009 12:00 AM EST Legendary songwriting and production team Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff has been named BMI Icons for the organization's 57th annual pop awards. The ceremony is slated for May 19 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Pioneers of the Phi ...

  9. Beanie Sigel Jailed For Giving False Urine Sample

    March 31, 2008 12:00 AM EDT A federal judge in Philadelphia sentenced rapper Beanie Sigel on Friday to three months in prison after authorities said he had given a false urine sample to probation officials. Sigel, whose real name is Dwight Grant, had been serving a six-month ...

  10. Madonna, Mellencamp Lead Rock Hall's '08 Class

    March 10, 2008 12:00 AM EDT Pop superstar Madonna, heartland rocker John Mellencamp, singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen, British Invasion pioneers the Dave Clark Five and instrumental rock legends the Ventures were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame tonight (March 10) ...

  11. R&B Songwriting Duo Gamble & Huff Saluted

    February 07, 2008 12:00 AM EST Legendary songwriter/producer Kenny Gamble says "we are halfway there" to raising the $100 million needed to move forward on his plans to establish a national center for R&B in Philadelphia. "Not only will this center give us a ...

  12. Roc-A-Fella Remaining At Def Jam ... For Now

    January 30, 2008 12:00 AM EST Contrary to online rumors, Def Jam has not dropped the entire Roc-A-Fella Records roster, Billboard.biz has learned. Roc-A-Fella artists include Kanye West, Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Tru Life, DJ Clue, Memphis Bleek, Young Gunz and Hector Bambino. &q ...

  13. Gene McFadden Dies From Cancer

    January 30, 2006 12:00 AM EST Died Jan. 27 at his Philadelphia home. Gene McFadden, one-half of the legendary R&B duo McFadden & Whitehead, died Jan. 27 at his Philadelphia home. The 56-year-old suffered from liver and lung cancer. McFadden & Whitehead is best know ...

  14. Producers: Philly Live 8 "Close To Perfect"

    July 06, 2005 12:00 AM EDT Crowd estimated at 700,000-800,000. Producers of the Philadelphia Live 8 show feel like they pulled off "as close to perfect a show as you could have," according to Larry Magid, president of Electric Factory, a division of the Clear Chan ...

  15. Rapper Sigel Gets Year In Prison

    October 11, 2004 12:00 AM EDT Gangsta rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison Friday (Oct. 8) on a gun-possession charge stemming from a traffic stop. Gangsta rapper Beanie Sigel was sentenced to a year in federal prison Friday (Oct. 8) on a gun-possessio ...

  16. Judge Declares Mistrial in Sigel Case

    April 28, 2004 12:00 AM EDT A judge declared a mistrial yesterday (April 27) in the case against Philadelphia rapper Beanie Sigel, who was accused of shooting a man outside a bar last summer. A judge declared a mistrial yesterday (April 27) in the case against Philadelphia r ...