The Legendary BlueNotes (formerly Harold Melvin & The BlueNotes) featuring "Sugar Bear" is one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. The group's repertoire included soul, R&B, doo-wop, and disco. Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the middle of the 1950s as The Charlemagnes.
Arthur Aikens, better known as Sugar Bear, "Lead Singer" of the "Original Blue Notes" has been singing all the Blue Notes songs in the same Teddy Pendergrass if not better sultry voice for over thirty five years. When Lawrence (Pop pop) Brown passed, he made Art promise that he would keep the group going at all cost: This he is doing along with the manager of the group Gregory G-man Boyd:
The group is most noted for several hits on Gamble and Huff's Philadelphia International label (PIR) between 1972 and 1977, although they performed and recorded until Melvin's death in 1997, The remaining members of the Blue Notes reunited twice for two Soul Train Cruises, one in 2013 and another one in 2015, during the fourth sailing.