Philadelphia International Records Closes Its Doors, Building To Be Demolished
From Teddy Pendergrass to Michael Jackson, The O’Jays to The Intruders, Billy Paul to Bunny Sigler, an array of legends recorded at and for Philadelphia International Records, where together they formed “The Sound Of Philadelphia.” Tragically, the label started by Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble is closing its doors.
It was announced by press release that on October 15, the landmark sign on 309 South Broad Street, between City Hall and South Street, would be lowered for good. The building that the sign was long attached to, will soon be demolished, containing the studio home to Gamble & Huff.
The label and studios’ home since 1970, this is where Patti Labelle, Michael Jackson, Lou Rawls and others recorded. In 2010, the building was damaged by fire later accused to be arson. After its demolition, the landmark will reportedly transform into a 47-story luxury hotel and condominium complex.
Sad day indeed. Take heed, and listen to the masters: