The event is held in partnership with Philadelphia International Records and in honor of Black Music Month. It also pays tribute to music pioneers and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame legends Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, founders of Philadelphia International Records.
- The O'Jays and Jean Carne will be presented with the Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award. Among those taking part in the tribute will be Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff. Jean Carne will also perform her hit, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head."
- Pop and R&B songwriter and producer Bunny Sigler will sing the National Anthem.
- Festivities include pre-game and in-game performances by the award-winning ODUNDE365. Plus, fans will be treated to The Sound of Philadelphia music throughout the evening.
- A special Theme Night ticket discount is available in honor of the evening at phillies.com/themenight. The first 500 fans who purchase this Theme Night ticket will receive a coupon for an exclusive DVD: They Said WeCouldn't Play: An Oral History of the Philadelphia Stars.
Past Phillies Gamble & Huff Community Partnership Award recipients include: The Three Degrees, Bob Pantano, Louis Fernandez, The Ebonys, Evelyn "Champagne" King, Bunny Sigler, Dexter Wansel, The Futures, The Trammps, The Jones Girls, Chubby Checker, Jerry Butler, Dee Dee Sharp, Kevin Eubanks, Billy Paul, the Delfonics, the Soul Survivors, Teddy Pendergrass, Jerry Blavat, Boyz II Men, Patti LaBelle and D.J. "Jazzy Jeff" Townes. For a full line-up of events, please visit www.phillies.com/themenights.
ABOUT THE HONOREES:
The O'Jays: In 1972, Gamble & Huff signed the O'Jays to their Philadelphia International label. During this time, the O'Jays scored their first number 1 and million-seller, "Backstabbers," which was followed by various chart-topping pop and R&B singles including "Love Train", "Put Your Hands Together", "For The Love of Money", "I Love Music", "Darlin' Darlin' Baby (Sweet, Tender Love)", "Livin' For the Weekend" and "Use Ta Be My Girl." This success propelled The O'Jays to become one of the biggest selling acts on the PIR Artist Roster and mega stardom around the world. Most notably the O'Jays hits are one of the most sampled songs around and are featured prominently in many TV, Film and Commercial Shows and Campaigns including the use of the theme song "For The Love of Money" for Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" and mega/semi-national anthem hit "Love Train" for other national advertising campaigns.
Jean Carne: In 1976, Jean signed to Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International Records; her debut album in 1977 was Jean Carn, which included the debut single "Free Love," which was a tremendous international dance anthem. Other album releases include Happy to Be With You , which included the hit single "Don't Let It Go to Your Head," and When I Find You Love, produced by Dexter Wansel, Gamble and Huff and The Iceman, Jerry Butler with hits including "My Love Don't Come Easy," written and produced by the O'Jays. Jean is also known for her sensational R&B remake of the Spinners hit "Love Don't Love Nobody".
Jean has recorded and shared the stage with some of music's most prolific artists, producers and songwriters, including Roy Ayers, Stevie Wonder, Lou Rawls, The Temptations, Phyllis Hyman, among other stellar performers. Carne has also acted as vocal coach for numerous including the Supreme's Mary Wilson, Phyllis Hyman and Michael Jackson.