Philly Soul Favorites Harold Melvin's Blue Notes at The Howard Theatre
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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.