In Memory of  Harold Melvin
Born June 25th, 1939
Died March 24th, 1997
Gone but not forgotten
Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes featuring Teddy Pendergrass



The Original Blue Notes
Receiving Gold Record
From Left to Right
Teddy Pendergrass, Bernie Wilson, Larry Brown, (record company exec Kenny Gamble of Gamble & Huff) Harold Melvin ,Lloyd Parks, (Then Columbia Records President, Clive Davis and record company exec. Leon Huff)

The Bluenotes receive Gold Record

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes Biography

Harold Melvin was born in Philadelphia and started his singing career at high school functions, on street corners and in local nightclubs. Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes signed with Philadelphia International Records in 1971 and recorded a string of Platinum and Gold hits, including Bad Luck, If You Don't Know Me By Now, I Miss You, Where Are My Friends, and Wake up Everybody. During the years, Harold has launched the careers of many artists, including Teddy Pendergrass, Billy Paul, Bunny Siegler and Sharon Paige.

Harold Melvin has received many awards for musical accomplishments and service to the arts. These include a Citation award from the House of Representatives for his outstanding service to the community, and a Citation from the Chamber of Commerce of Detroit, Michigan for his outstanding service to the betterment of Black Americans. City of Louisville, Kentucky on January 28th, 1988 proclaimed Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes Day.

In their native town of Philadelphia, HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES participated in a great TV special on all the networks. It was a Tribute to Nat King Cole.

Although the BLUE NOTES went through many personnel changes since they first began singing on Philadelphia street corners years ago, their style remained virtually the same before Harold's untimely death.


God Bless Harold Melvin....and may he rest in peace.


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