Friday, June 24, 2011
MEDIA & PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES
Music Stars Gather For Phillies Sound of
Celebration on Friday Philadelphia
Event honors 40th Anniversary of Philadelphia International Records & Black Music Month
WHAT: Music stars gather for the Phillies Sound of Philadelphia Celebration, held in honor of the 40th Anniversary of Philadelphia International Records & Black Music Month. The event also pays tribute to the legendary music of Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff.
June 24, 2011, Citizens Bank Park
4:30 p.m., Media Room – Interview & photo opportunities with music stars being honore
d with the 2011 Phillies Gamble-Huff Community Partnership Award.
Ø Chubby Checker, the legendary performer who revolutionized popular culture and changed the music business forever. When he appeared on American Bandstand in 1960 and performed “The Twist,” it was the dawn of a new era in rock and roll. He stands alone as a one of a kind rock icon, who has had 36 hit records, is the only artist to have a single go to # 1 twice, and according to Billboard, has the # 1 Single for the entire ‘60s decade. Chubby was awarded the first Platinum Single, the first Rock Grammy and has sold an astounding 250,000,000 records over the years.
Ø Jerry Butler, a true music icon whose career spans five decades. Jerry recorded more than 50 albums and his voice is one of the most distinguished voices in all of music. As soulful as ever, yet smooth as ice, his nickname “the Ice Man” epitomizes his demeanor — and sound. Butler scored his first hit with the Impressions(featuring Curtis Mayfield) in 1958 with the timeless ballad “For Your Precious Love,” one of Rolling Stone’s 500 Greatest Hits of All Time. He teame
d with Gamble & Huff to create the classic soul album, The Iceman Cometh, featuring two Top 10 hits, “Never Give You Up” and “Are You Happy.” is currently joined by Gamble & Huff in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Butler
Ø Dee Dee Sharp, the first African-American female teen idol, and a fixture on Dick Clark’s Caravan of Stars who worke
d with many major acts in the golden age of rock and roll. Her tantalizing vocals and sassy style have been her signature sound in a 50-year career as a song stylist, signified by her #1 smash, “Mashed Potato Time.” Dee Dee has been honored by the Philadelphia Music Alliance with a plaque on the Philadelphia Walk of Fame in 2008, and also was a 2001 inductee into the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.
Also in attendance:
Ø Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff, music pioneers and co-founders, Philadelphia International Records, and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Legends
Ø Chuck Gamble, Executive Vice President,
International Records Philadelphia
Ø Patty Jackson, on-air talent with WDAS 105.3 FM and co-host of the pre-game concert
Ø Arthur Fennell, on-air talent with the Comcast Network and co-host of the pre-game concert
Citizens Bank Way – Free Pre-Game Concert. Hosted by Patty Jackson of WDAS 105.3 FM and Arthur Fennell of the Comcast Network. Performers include: Legendary soul PIR recording artists Soul Survivors, performing their world renown hit, “Expressway to Your Heart.” … Rising local R&B vocal group Ju-Taun, making a national splash as MTV’s Top Pop Group and Billboard.com’s Top 10 New R&B Artist. … R&B group sensation No Question, who have been on the same stages with Jay Z, Beyonce, Wyclef, and others…Grammy nominated duo Helen Bruner & Terry Jones… The Showw, featuring Class A, singing their recentBillboard chart hit, “Batter Up.” … XClusive, performing classic songs …Local harmony group Rheel Menn performing a tribute to the Sound of Philadelphia.
6:30 p.m., On-field Performances & Award Presentations. Includes performances from honoree Jerry Butler and Ju-Taun. Take Me Out to the Ballgame will also be sung byNo Question.