Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. The group continued touring, however, until Melvin died in 1997.
HaroldMelvin and the BlueNotes were an American singing group, one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s.
Melvin replaced Pendergrass with David Ebo, and the BlueNotes departed Philadelphia International for ABC Records in 1977.
HaroldMelvin and the BlueNotes are arguably the most-covered Philly soul group in history: many of their hits have been re-recorded by other artists, including Simply Red, David Ruffin, Jimmy Somerville and Sybil, while dance music DJ Danny Rampling cites "Wake Up Everybody" as his favorite song of all time.
HaroldMelvin was one of the driving forces behind Philadelphia soul, leading his group the BlueNotes to the top of the charts during their stint on Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff's Philadelphia International label.
Despite Melvin's billing out front, the BlueNotes' focal point was lead singer and onetime drummer Teddy Pendergrass, whose surging baritone graced the BlueNotes' recordings during their glory years of 1972-1975 and gave them a truly distinctive sound.
Melvin assembled a new version of the BlueNotes centered around lead singer John Atkins, who returned the group to the R&B charts in 1965 with the Landa single "Get Out (And Let Me Cry)." Further releases on Arctic, Checker, and Uni followed over the rest of the '60s, as well as more personnel changes.
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