There’s a simple reason the songwriting/producing team of Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff had so many powerful and effective songs advocating social change: They talked about current events every day.

“We’d just sit down every day and just talk and laugh,” Kenny Gamble said. “And something might come up where we’re looking at the news (and one of us would say), ‘The world is so crazy, they need a love train.’ Then we’d say, ‘Uh oh! We got one!’ So then we’d go to the piano and stomp it out.”

Gamble and Huff spoke about the rich history of their partnership during a gathering at Warner Music Nashville on Thursday (May 5) in Nashville, where the duo will be honored Friday as part of the National Museum of African American Music’s My Music Matters Week celebration. The two will be feted at a banquet on Friday along with gospel singer Pastor Shirley Caesar and TV One/Radio One’s Chairwoman Cathy Hughes and President/CEO Alfred Liggins III.

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