Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Wake Up Everybody

24 Mar

 

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Greatest Hits album

 

Remembering Harold Melvin of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, who died on this day at age 57 in 1997.

Melvin may not have even been the most famous member of his own group — lead singer Teddy Pendergrass, for reasons more than music may have been — but Melvin’s Philadelphia soul group had four top-five hits and two No 1s from 1972-75.

Pendergrass left the group in 1976 and it never rose as high again.

Melvin suffered a stroke and died in 1997; two other members of the group — Pendergrass and Bernard Wilson — died in 2010.

And if the lyrics to Wake Up Everybody (by Gene McFadden, John Whitehead and Victor Carstaphen; link below) are, well, hopelessly hopeful, maybe the world isn’t a better place today without Melvin & The Blue Notes, but a little worse off for his absence.

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