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Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes are an American R&B vocal group  from Philadelphia, PA who rose to prominence during the 1970’s. Formed in the 1950s, the group initially called themselves The Charlemagnes and consisted of Franklin Peaker, Bernard Williams, Roosevelt Brodie, Jessie Gillis Jr. and Harold Melvin. The group recorded for The recorded for several labels without a great deal of commercial success. Their 1960 single “My Hero” was a minor hit for Val-ue Records. “Get Out ( And Let Me Cry)” was  a hit for Landa Records. During this time, the group’s line up changed frequently, with Bernard Wilson leaving the act to start the group “The Original Bluenotes” and Harold Melvin bringing in lead singer John Adkins. In 1970, the group recruited drummer Teddy Pendergrass, who served as drummer for their backing band. With a line-up that consisted of Melvin, Pendergrass, Bernard Wilson, Lawrence Brown and Lloyd Parks, the group was signed to Philadelphia International Records in 1972. They went on to score several major R&B/Pop hits over the next four years. Among their most successful recordings are “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, “The Love I Lost”, “Bad Luck” and “Wake Up Everybody.” Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes’ hits have been re-recorded by David Ruffin, Simply Red, Jimmy Somerville, Sybil and John Legend. Today, Lloyd Parks and original member Bobby Cook are the sole survivors of the Blue Notes.

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