Originally known as Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, they were an American R&B/Soul vocal group, 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, they succeeded in their goal to reach the highest of heights in the world of music. They went on to become Superstars by attaining national as well as International Recognition.
Fans have flocked to the theaters, night clubs, hotels and arenas just to catch a glimpse of these gentlemen. "Do Wops" always have an added touch when sung by The Blue Notes. Audience have risen to their feet when witnessing the wide range of music and dance that are known to be the natural talents of this group.
Because of public demand that exciting group has come back together with the addition of three extremely talented gentlemen by the names of Frank, Sonny and Rock'n Ramon Bently.
The BlueNotes years of experience allows you to bear witness to a spell binding, soul stirring perforance. Because of their professionalism, they have maintained all the necessary ingredients that makes them special----that makes them The Legendary Blue Notes "featuring "Sugar Bear".
Their style has always been a legend among their peers and their choreography is something that you have to see to believe. It seems as though The BlueNotes have gone on to perfect something that was already perfect. There are no adjectivies to describe their grand performance, we will simply state that they have been performing to standing room only audiences.
The BlueNotes are one of the dynamic groups that came out of the Gamble and Huff-Sound of Philadelphia family. They have previously been known as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass during creative sounds as a Blue Note. Also Billy Paul (who was later to have his platinum single "Me& Mrs. Jones" won a Grammy) and Ollie Woodson of the Temptations. Now they have returned to you as the Legendary Blue Notes featuring "Sugar Bear". The remaining original artist(s) are Jerry Cummings, Lloyd Parks and Arthur (Sugar Bear) Aikens
Arthur Akins, better known as Sugar Bear, "Lead Singer" of the "Original Blue Notes"!. Singing all the Blue Notes Teddy Pendergrass for over thirty five years-hits like: Bad Luck, Where Are All My Friends, If You Don't Know Me By Now, Miss You and many more!
Harold Melvin suffered a stroke in 1996. Melvin died on March 24, 1997 at the age of 57.
Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, Jr., lead singer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Teddy a soul singer whose husky, potent baritone was one definition of R&B seduction in the 1970s career was transformed in 1982 when he was severely paralyzed in an auto accident March 18, 1982. He died of colon cancer on January 13, 2010.
Bernard Wilson, a charter member of the soul/R&B singing group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes that helped define the “sound of Philadelphia” in the 1970s, passed away the day after Christmas — Dec. 26, 2010 — in a nursing home in Voorhees, N.J., at age 64. The cause of death was not specified.
Lawrence Lloyd (Pop Pop) Brown died of a respiratory condition, April 6, 2008 at age of 63.
Among their credits, they have recordings of singles and albums that reached Gold and Platinum status. Their Gold single "If You Don't Know Me By Now" was nominated for the Grammy Award along with others. Other recordingcredit albums are:
- I miss you - Black and Blue
- To be True - The Love I Lost
- Bad Luck - and more
- Wake Up Everybody