February 24th, 2010
06:11 PM ET

Gamble and Huff: Fire won't stop us

On Monday, the headquarters of Philadelphia International Records in the City of Brotherly Love was hit by a fire.

Philadelphia International - founded by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and responsible for hits by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, the Delfonics and the Three Degrees - lost some of its memorabilia to fire and water damage, including gold and platinum records.

A 27-year-old man was charged with arson today, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. He had to be rescued from the blaze when it happened. (An iReporter took pictures of the blaze, including a man being led down a ladder.)

The founders were undaunted.

“He should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. Arson is terrible. But in the meantime, we’re thinking about the next step. And the beat goes on,” Gamble and Huff said in a statement.

soundoff (13 Responses)
  1. Str8 Outta Tx

    Say What? Say What??????????????

    February 26, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Str8 Outta Tx

    thought so

    February 26, 2010 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  3. Str8 Outta Tx

    @Say What?
    i usually dont do this. i am secure enough in myself that i know i dont have to show out in front of other people just to feel powerful. just know that that Texas statement you made is a stereotype that you know nothing about. dont make an assumption unless you know. i am not one of these usual young street punks you can outsmart with no effort. you got me f***ed up. if only you were man enough to represent where you were from, then maybe i'd have something a little more innapropriate to say. perhaps a stereotype of some sort. you must be from up north. correct?
    i'll check back later to see if you have something else disrespectful to say. till then im out.
    not a redneck.

    February 25, 2010 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Steve C

    From the daze of Jolly Joyce to G&H.
    Those where the days!

    So sad to hear.

    Put them away for a LONG TIME!

    February 25, 2010 at 11:29 am | Report abuse |
  5. Say What?

    Str8 Outta Tx – you think setting a fire while intoxicated is "just a mistake"? You Texan rednecks kill me – to you, this is just some harmless prank of some sort. Someone, including the moron who started the fire, could have been killed. So it was more than a "mistake" that "people can learn from". What a brainless statement you made. But they you are from Texas.

    February 25, 2010 at 11:27 am | Report abuse |
  6. Str8 Outta TX

    crucify everyone who f***s up right?
    people make mistakes. that's what we learn from. other peoples mistakes. what do you think history is? a story about other peoples mistakes so we can make sure not to do the same. i know i am 19 and made many mistakes in my life, and i'm sure i'm not done making them either.

    if they are punished, and continue to do the same things with no remorse or guilt, then do what you will. they deserve it then.

    February 25, 2010 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  7. Tonygrooove

    Sacred ground!! This guys should be hung by the crotch!

    February 25, 2010 at 10:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. lance corporal

    tragic! these guys and their associates should be remembered and I hope much of the memorabilia is salvegable, ain't no fire high enough

    February 25, 2010 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bryan S.

    i hope any unreleased Jacksons recordings in that building (if there were any) are safe – i'd love to hear the unheard Jacksons stuff from the late 70s more than anything!

    February 25, 2010 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. doctorsinn

    I pray that what can be recovered can be and restored. I also hope that the gold records can be reissued and that clown who set the fire understands not even a fire can kill the SOUND OF PHILLY!! The beat will go ON!!!

    February 25, 2010 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. ron

    They should drown him in a sea of.........water!

    February 25, 2010 at 7:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. John Mayer shut up!

    This man needs to go to jail...I loved all the Philly sounds...

    February 25, 2010 at 7:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. sunny & rich rosen

    a true piece of r & b history...the philly sound!!!! hope they put this man in jail....

    February 24, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Report abuse |

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