Thom Bell, the third party behind the Sound of Philadelphia along with Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff, will receive the Recording Academy's Trustees Award in the new year, the organization announced this week.
Part of the legendary Mighty Three Music publishing group with Gamble and Huff, Bell is known for his production and arranging work at Philadelphia International Records. Working frequently with Philly songwriter Linda Creed, Bell contributed to tracks like The Stylistics' "Stop, Look, Listen (To Your Heart)," The Spinners' "The Rubberband Man," and The Delfonics' "La-La Means I Love You."
Gamble and Huff, who previously received the Trustees Award in 1999, congratulated Bell in a statement.
"I personally consider him to be one of the greatest writers, arrangers, and producers of all time," Huff said.