The Boyer College Tribute Award

Presented at the Third Annual Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Concert

Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts

Friday, April 16, 2004

Kenneth Gamble speaks at a reception in his honor

prior to the 3rd Annual Kimmel Center Concert.

The Boyer College of Music and Department of Dance is proud to honor Kenneth Gamble for his support and commitment to music, education, and community development in the city of Philadelphia.

During his illustrious career, Mr. Gamble has received numerous awards for his musical genius and his sincere efforts on behalf of urban neighborhoods.  As one of the most prolific hit makers of our time, Kenneth Gamble has written, produced, recorded and published more than 3,000 songs.  He has founded several record companies, including the famed Philadelphia International Records, and helped establish the Philadelphia Music Foundation, which recognizes Philadelphia's music legends on the Walk of Fame on South Broad Street.

Deeply committed to rebuilding inner-city communities, Mr. Gamble also has worked tirelessly to improve the life experience of those living in urban neighborhoods.  In 1993 he founded Universal Community Homes, which has begun one of the City of Philadelphia's largest community revitalization efforts in its history.  For a man who is known worldwide for making hit records, he has termed the effort of rebuilding the Philadelphia neighborhood where he was born and raised, "The Biggest Hit Of My Life."