Thom Bell, The Sound of Philadelphia producer, has dies at 79

The Grammy-winning producer, arranger and songwriter, along with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, helped create The Sound of Philadelphia, which became world-famous in the late 1960s and early 1970s.


Thom Bell, the Grammy-winning producer, arranger and songwriter who, along with Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, helped create The Sound of Philadelphia, which became world-renowned in the late 1960s and early 1970s, has died.  It is done.


It is not known what caused the death.


His lawyer, Michael Silver, put out a statement saying Mr Bell died on Thursday in Bellingham, Wash.


Part of Mr. Bell's contribution to The Sound of Philadelphia was its signature lush orchestral arrangements.  Mr. Bell, Gamble and Huff were known as "The Mighty Three" when they developed The Sound of Philadelphia.

Thom Bell, The Sound of Philadelphia producer, has dies at 79

Diana Williams, a longtime music journalist, announced Bell's death on her social media accounts on Thursday afternoon.


“Beloved songwriter arranger, producer Thomas aka Randolph Bell aka Thom Bell, co-architect of The Sound of Philadelphia with Gamble & Huff. Soundtrack to our lives music The Delfonics The Stylistics The Spinners Deniece Williams Dionne Warwick Johnny Mathis has transitioned,” Dyanna Williams posted Thursday afternoon on Instagram.


Thom Bell is a songwriter and record producer who is known for his work with a number of popular artists in the 1970s and 1980s, including The Delfonics, The Stylistics, and Lou Rawls. He was born in 1943 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and began his career as a session musician and arranger before branching out into producing and songwriting. Bell is credited with helping to create the "Philly Sound," a genre of soul music that was popular in the 1970s and characterized by its use of string and horn arrangements and smooth, soulful vocals. He has worked with a number of notable artists, including The Spinners, The O'Jays, and The Manhattans, and has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Bell has been inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame and has received numerous awards and accolades for his work. He has continued to work as a producer and songwriter throughout his career, collaborating with a wide range of artists in a variety of genres.

Later in his career, Mr. Bell worked with David Byrne, Joss Stone and Fatboy Slim.

In 1993, Mr. Bell received a star on the Music Alliance of Philadelphia's Walk of Fame.

Shree Bell 309 S.  Co-owned the Broad St. building that housed Philadelphia International with Gamble & Huff before it was demolished in 2015.

He came up with the name for the "Mighty Three" publishing company, and designed a logo with a trio of elephants.  "Because they are the world's largest mammal on land, and you never forget our tunes," he said.

Mr. Bell is survived by his wife, Vanessa, and their children, Royal, Troy, Tia, Mark, Sibel and Christopher, Silver said.

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