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Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes are an American R&B vocal group from Philadelphia, PA that rose to prominence during the 1970s. Despite Harold Melvin’s top billing, the group’s most famous member was Teddy Pendergrass, their lead singer during their most successful period in the 1970s. The group was formed and originally known as The Charlemagnes in the 1950s. They took the name The Bluenotes in 1954. At the time, the lineup consisted of Harold Melvin, Franklin Peaker, Bernard Williams, Roosevelt Brodie and Jessie Gillis Jr. The group recorded for several labels without a great deal of success from its inception until the 1960s. The 1960 single “My Hero” was a minor hit for Val-ue Records and 1965’s “Get Out (And Let Me Cry)” was an R&B hit for Landa Records. During this time, the group’s lineup changed frequently, with Bernard Wilson leaving to form the group The Original Bluenotes, and Harold Melvin bringing in John Atkins as lead singer. In 1970, the group brought in Teddy Pendergrass as the drummer for their backing band. Pendergrass was later promoted to lead singer when John Atkins left that same year. In 1972, the lineup of Harold Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass, Bernard Wilson, Lawrence Brown and Lloyd Price signed with Philadelphia International Records, scoring several Pop/R&B hits, including “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”, “The Love I Lost”, “I Miss You”, “Bad Luck” and “Wake Up Everybody”, along with several albums over a four year period. The group’s lineup changed throughout the years, and they continued touring and recording until Harold Melvin’s death in 1997.