8 Songs, 35 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

One half of the legendary Philadelphia International Records production team Gamble and Huff, Leon Huff recorded this solo album in 1980 just as the label and the production team’s fortunes were changing for the worse. Recording without his partner’s assistance and their in-house arrangers, Leon Huff looked to create something new and unusual with his first and only solo album. The opening track, “Your Body Won’t Move, If You Can’t Feel the Groove,” features a number of notable guests from Teddy Pendergrass to Eddie Levert and Walter Williams of the O’Jays and its casual, loose groove has a welcoming, informal vibe coming from a man known for his carefully tailored orchestrations. Much of the album is largely instrumental, featuring fleeting moments of backing vocals, and the organ-driven dancefloor funk of “I Ain’t Jivin’, I’m Jammin’” became a substantial 12-inch hit. The piano drama of “No Greater Love” is effective. This isn’t one of the essential albums of the era, but a definite curio for those immersed in the “Philly Soul” history.

EDITORS’ NOTES

One half of the legendary Philadelphia International Records production team Gamble and Huff, Leon Huff recorded this solo album in 1980 just as the label and the production team’s fortunes were changing for the worse. Recording without his partner’s assistance and their in-house arrangers, Leon Huff looked to create something new and unusual with his first and only solo album. The opening track, “Your Body Won’t Move, If You Can’t Feel the Groove,” features a number of notable guests from Teddy Pendergrass to Eddie Levert and Walter Williams of the O’Jays and its casual, loose groove has a welcoming, informal vibe coming from a man known for his carefully tailored orchestrations. Much of the album is largely instrumental, featuring fleeting moments of backing vocals, and the organ-driven dancefloor funk of “I Ain’t Jivin’, I’m Jammin’” became a substantial 12-inch hit. The piano drama of “No Greater Love” is effective. This isn’t one of the essential albums of the era, but a definite curio for those immersed in the “Philly Soul” history.

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About 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" for Patty & the Emblems in 1964. 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 Pendergrass, MFSB, the Intruders, and others. Huff also wrote hits on his own for the Ebonys, People's 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. ~ Ron Wynn

  • ORIGIN
    Camden, NJ
  • GENRE
    R&B/Soul
  • BORN
    April 8, 1942

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