Co-creator of “the Philadelphia Sound” with longtime collaborator Leon Huff, and co-writer of such classics grroves as the “Love Train,” “Back Stabbers” and “For the Love of Money” by the O’Jays and the Grammy-winning “Me and Mrs. Jones” by Billy Paul, Kenny Gamble was born in Philadelphia on this day in 1943. (Gamble and Huff tell their story in this 1997 interview.)
Born on this day:
Singer/musician Joe Jackson (aka David Ian Jackson) — born 1954 in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, England.
Jazz pianist Jess Stacy (1904-1995), who played with Benny Goodman in the late 1930s — born in Bird’s Point, Missouri.
Alto saxophonist/clarinetist Russell Procope (1908-1981), member of the Duke Ellington orchestra — born in New York, NY.