Vote for Goldmine-proposed SXSW panel idea

Kenneth Gamble (left) and Leon Huff

Back in March, contributing editor Chris M. Junior roamed the streets of downtown Austin, Texas, covering various South by Southwest panels and performances for Goldmine magazine and its Web site.

Junior is looking to step up his involvement for SXSW 2011, and he’s looking for a little help from Goldmine’s readers.

Junior’s PanelPicker proposal, titled “TSOP: Celebrating Gamble, Huff and Philadelphia International Records,” has been approved for the public voting/comments period, which begins at noon CT on Aug. 11 and concludes at midnight CT on Aug. 27.

Anyone with Internet access can vote and comment on this and other PanelPicker proposals — just create a free login account first (sign-up information remains confidential). According to the SXSW site, voting from the public accounts for about 30 percent of the decision-making process for SXSW panel programming.

With their sophisticated, seductive, string-laden musical foundation, Philadelphia International’s Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff created what’s known worldwide as “The Sound of Philadelphia.” Gamble and Huff helped make stars of The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass and Billy Paul during the 1970s and played a key role in reviving the careers of The Jacksons, Lou Rawls and Jerry Butler.

“Philadelphia International Records is as important to the history of R&B and soul music as Motown and Stax, but the label and its key players are not celebrated nearly enough,” Junior says. “And that’s why I proposed this panel, which I hope will provide fans and musicians with insight into Philadelphia International’s significance, influence and rich history.”

To sign up for a SXSW PanelPicker account and cast your vote for Junior’s panel proposal, click here.

— Goldmine staff

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