Philly Soul Favorites Harold Melvin's Blue Notes at The Howard Theatre
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The last date listed for Harold Melvin's Blue Notes was Saturday January 5, 2013 / 8:00pm (Doors at 6:00pm).
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Widely regarded as the best pure singer of the '80s soul resurgence, longtime R&B hit-maker Alexander O'Neal returns to the historic Howard Theatre. A Mississippi native, O'Neal was tapped by none other than Prince to sing in The Time, but the soulful singer chose to strike out on his own. His successful solo career has seen the gifted vocalist turn out gold and platinum records, and deliver radio favorites like "If You Were Here Tonight," "Criticize" and "Fake," and popular duets with Cherrelle such as "Saturday Love" and "Never Knew Love Like This." Learn More
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The group, originally known as “The Charlemagnes” was founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the early 1950s. However in the 1960s the name was changed to Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, which soon went on to record several hits on Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label between 1972 and 1976.
After founder and leader Harold Melvin’s untimely death in 1997, the Blue Notes regrouped and went on to perfect something that was already perfected. Their individual charismatic vocal talents and choreographic genius personifies Harold’s teachings and have marked them as “specialists” in the trade. The Blue Notes years of experience allow you to experience an intriguing and captivating performance. Their showmanship and professionalism are essential components that make them extraordinary.
Despite group founder and original lead singer Harold Melvin’s top billing, the Blue Notes’ most famous member was Teddy Pendergrass , their lead singer during the success years at the Philadelphia International label. Teddy Pendergrass joined Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes as a drummer in the late 1960’s. However after the lead singer at the time, John Atkins left in 1970 Teddy Pendergrass was promoted to lead singer.
In 1975 the group was joined by female vocalist Sharon Paige. The group then went on to release one of their most critically acclaimed albums, “Wake Up Everybody”.
Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes today are just as evocative, alluring and just as soulful as the group has been in the past.