A Celebration of Legendary and New Music
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A Special Tribute to the late R&B Legends Teddy Pendergrass & Harold Melvin
The Blue Notes featuring Sugar Bear performed an excellent tribute to the legendary artists, Harold Melvin and #Teddy Pendergrass. They started their show with the powerful version of Tell the World How I Feel About You Baby. The enthusiastic steps of the Blue Notes, as Sugar Bear sang lead, brought back fond memories of some of the greatest songs in R&B history. Compelling words which created beautiful lyrics kept the audience member's complete attention. The Love I Lost, was performed by the Blue Notes who constructed perfectly organized steps. We were transformed back into the times of good, old #R&B/Soul, doo-wop, and disco. This amazing tribute was promoted by Rick Coley of Now That's Good Entertainment and was held at Celebrations, downtown Wilmington, Delaware.
A Brief History of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass
One of the world's most popular groups which evolved out of Philadelphia, Pa. Under the label of Philadelphia International, with the direction of #Gamble and Huff, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes had a repertoire of major hits. Melvin was the founder and original lead singer of the group. During their most successful years Teddy Pendergrass became world renown for his potent voice and compelling performances. This enthralling combination of Melvin and Pendergrass during 1972 created, "several major R&B and pop hits including million-selling singles and albums over the next four years. Among the Blue Notes' most successful recording are love songs such as 1972's If You Don't Know Me by Now (#7 R&B, #58 pop), The Love I Lost (#1 R&B, #7 pop, 1973) and socially conscious songs such as Wake Up Everybody (#1 R&B, #12 pop) and Bad Luck (#4 R&B, #15 pop), both in 1975. If You Don't Know Me By Now, sold over one million copies and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA on November 21, 1972. Bad Luck, holds the record for the longest-running number-one hit on the Hot Dance Music/Club Play chart: 11 weeks. A fourth #1 R&B hit for the group was 1975's Hope That We Can Be Together Soon which featured female vocalist Sharon Page," explained Wikipedia.
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass, "recorded four albums with Gamble and Huff, all of them going gold (over 500,000 copies), according to RIAA including To Be True... Wake Up Everybody and a greatest hits compilation released in 1976. Collector's Item has now sold over a million copies. Despite the success, the Blue Notes' lineup continued to change regularly. While at the top of their success in 1976, Pendergrass quit after an argument over the money he earned. A year earlier, he had gained billing recognition by having the act renamed to #Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes featuring Theodore Pendergrass, starting from the Wake-Up Everybody album. Pendergrass went on to a successful solo career, with four consecutive million-selling albums with Philadelphia International between 1977 and 1980." Pendergrass was almost killed and became paralyzed in a serious car accident in 1984. He attempted a comeback but later died in 2010 at the age of 59. After a brilliant career of outstanding music Harold Melvin, also died in 1997 at the age of 57.
During the performance of the Blue Notes featuring Sugar Bear, the group sat down and paid homage to Melvin, Pendergrass and other members that are now deceased. Sugar Bear, mentioned that he was inducted into the Hall of Fame 27 years ago. The Blue Notes, have won #Grammy Awards for their outstanding music.
Wake-Up Everybody-Original Version (Teddy Pendergrass, Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes) from YouTube by Boblet233
The Powerful Legacy of the Blue Notes
The article in Wikipedia went on to describe, "Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes are arguably the most-covered Philly soul group in history: many of their hits have been recorded by other artists, including #Simply Red, David Ruffin, Jimmy Somerville, Sybil and #John Legend, while dance music DJ Danny Ramping cites Wake Up Everybody as his favorite song of all time. Several members of various incarnations of the Blue Notes continue to tour as Harold Melvin's Blue Notes." The Blue Notes featuring Sugar Bear, are one of those groups.
The Blue Notes' music is still sampled today by such artist as #Snoop Dogg's. "In the intro for Doggy Dogg, World Snoop said, '... you without me is like Harold Melvin without the Blue Notes, you'll never go platinum!" I Miss You was also sampled by #Kanye West on Jay-Z's song This Can't Be Life featuring Beanie Sigel and Scarface."
Harold Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass, and the Blue Notes created an opulence of outstanding love songs. Sugar Bear and the Blue Notes which consisted of Keith Elmore, Sony King, and Frankie Love. These Blue Notes were granted the privilege to sing a variety of impeccable music. Their sounds were mellow as audience members joined in singing verses of these wonderful songs. They took us back to a time of innocence that made each of us within the audience, feel what true love and beautiful poetry which was turned into powerful music. It was an inspirational tribute for Teddy Pendergrass and Harold Melvin. Their musical talents will always be remembered.
Sugar Bear and The Blue Notes perform "I lost It" featured from YouTube
Sheila Coley's New CD "Move With You" was revealed at the "Remember When Tribute"
Sheila Coley, performs her New CD entitled, "Move With You."
Sheila Coley, Performed New Music Through her CD "Move With You"
New and creative music was introduced by the very talented Sheila Coley, through her CD, Move With You. Emotional Make-Up II, is the subtitle for this source of new styled music. Sheila, started the show for the Remember When Tribute on Teddy Pendergrass and Harold Melvin. Melodious sounds were graciously performed by this powerhouse of pure talent. Sheila, mentioned before she started the show, "I have been singing all my life. I was wheelchair bound about four years after an elevator accident. I did not want to sing for four years. I went into depression so my doctor said, do something you like." Sheila went on to discuss how Rick Coley, her husband who promoted this tribute, put a show together for her. During this show Sheila, performed a song that came out in 1994. She began to sing #Celine Dion's, Because You Loved Me.It was compelling as Sheila dedicated her performance to her husband Rick, who helped Sheila get through that difficult time. Sheila, invited her husband Rick, to the stage as she sang this powerful song in the midst of audience applauds.
Sheila, the "Songbird" focused on the performance of her own songs from her new CD, Move With You. The song Shadows, was written by Donald Newkirk. The video for this song can be found on #YouTube. Sheila's, high pitched voice took the crowd on a musical ride that enhanced our love for good music. Some of the songs on the CD, were written by Sheila as well such as Baby It's Alright, Friends and Stronger. Another song also written by Sheila, is a wedding song entitled, Special Day. She invited Peggy Willis and Garrison Johnson, who are getting married to dance off of this beautiful song. Belinda and Wayne Savage, who has been married for forty-six years as well as Michael and Deandra, who got married a few weeks ago. It was a touching moment to see these couples celebrated through this special wedding song.
Sheila, sang another song from her CD entitled, Hard Times. She explained that this song, "Hard Times is so appropriate for the times we are living in right now. We are all living in times that are hard to deal with but we have to stay strong and fight those temptations. This song was written and produced by Richard Benning. Sheila's up-tempo song is the title of the CD, Move With You. A new Line Dance was created around this song by Bernadette Brunette which can be viewed on #YouTube.
Mrs. Coley, dedicated her CD to her husband Rick, as Sheila expressed, "Thanks to My Creator Jehovah; and my wonderful husband & love of my life for believing in me; Shawn Raynor, Donald Newkirk, Richard Benning & Nate Hall-For their creativity, talent & hard work and dedication to this project." She went on to thank family members and friends who helped with the CD as well.
The evening consisted of delicious food, tremendously talented artists, games, oldies and new music which was played by Mr. Marvelous, who served as DJ. Janice, worked as host for the evening. This Remember When Special Tribute to R&B Legends was very successful. We look forward to Now That's Good Entertainment's next event.