The last piece of the planning jigsaw for this weeks Solid Gold Sunday is the artist of the week and the three on the bounce that we will play. I am a big fan of Billy Paul and the “Sounds of Philadelphia” ….. artists like him, The O’Jays and The Three Degrees. They seemed to capture that time in the early/mid 1970’s so well. so I have chosen Harold Melvin and the Blue notes. The classic tracks I will be playing tomorrow are “Don’t leave me this way”, “If you don’t know me by now” and “The love I lost”
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were probably one of the most popular groups from the Philadelphia sound explosion of the early-mid 70’s. Founded in the early 1950s as The Charlemagnes, the group claimed fame via the writing of Gamble and Huff on the Philadelphia label, joining the likes of The O’Jays, Billy Paul, Archie Bell, The Tramps and the Three Degrees. . Whilst they enjoyed some success in the late 60’s it was with Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International label they scored several major R&B and pop hits including million-selling singles and albums in a four year period. Over the years, despite their success, the Blue Notes’ lineup continued to change regularly but this didn’t stop them touring and it wasn’t until the mid-90’s that things changed when Harold Melvin suffered a stroke and died on March 24, 1997 at the age of 57. His death was followed by health issues for the rest of the group and now only Lloyd Parks remains as the sole survivor of the original Blue Notes.
See you tomorrow: Solid Gold Sunday @ 6 o’clock
Regards Andy Cadabra