July 5, 1996 |
Remember Harold Melvin of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes? Remember swinging your hips to "Bad Luck" or singing to "If You Don't Know Me By Now"? That was about 20 years ago, before Teddy Pendergrass left the group, before the trio sank into near-obscurity. Now Harold Melvin, 57, lies sick in a hospital bed at Albert Einstein Medical Center as conflicting reports of his illness swirl about. He doesn't have a phone in his room, and hospital officials wouldn't disclose the nature of his ailment.
February 24, 1997 |
A fund-raiser for stricken R&B star Harold Melvin has been postponed at least until the spring, organizers say. "It's hard getting people to fall in line," said radio personality Georgie Woods, who has been pushing the proposed gala. "We're waiting to get the stars we really wanted," he said. One of those stars is Patti LaBelle, said Carl Helm, who is helping Woods organize the show. But LaBelle has been busy touring with her new book. "She wants to do it, but time didn't dictate it," Helm said.
April 3, 1997 |
Up until this moment, the funeral had pretty much gone the traditional route: prayers, scripture readings, songs, letters of condolence. Then Harold Melvin Jr. stepped into the pulpit, and in seconds the packed church moved from Germantown to the Uptown. Sounding like an emcee introducing an act at the old theater, Melvin held up the obituary photograph of his father and said: "If you will, put your hands together and give a nice, deserving round of applause to the supertalented, the one and only Harold Melvin.
April 2, 1997 |
Inside the sun-splashed Mount Zion Baptist Church of Germantown, the gospel tune "Goin' Up Yonder" oozed through the church's organ pipes. Outside, across West Rittenhouse Street, Kenneth Thompson stood against a brisk wind while strains of "Wake Up Everybody" escaped from a tape player he had tucked inside a cloth bag. "That was when music was clean, wholesome," Thompson, 35, of North Philadelphia, said of the song by Harold Melvin and...
August 20, 1986 |
American rhythm and blues music figures prominently in Channel 12's summer festival fundraising activities, including tonight's "Evening at Pops" tribute to Nat King Cole, and tomorrow night's locally produced concert hour with Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes. Butter-smooth balladeer Johnny Mathis joins with Nat's daughter Natalie Cole and noted keyboardist Tommmy Flanagan to explore the varied pop, soul and jazz sides of the Nat King Cole legacy, tonight at 7:55. But neither the formal style of the "Evening at Pops" presentation nor the stiffness of Mathis' delivery really evoke the spirit of Cole's breezy, seemingly effortless yet slightly gritty style.
March 25, 1997 |
Harold Melvin, the singer who led the R&B group the Blue Notes and fostered the talent of Teddy Pendergrass, died yesterday morning at his Chestnut Hill home. Mr. Melvin, 57, was surrounded by a large contingent of family and friends, said a daughter, Trudy. "I'm glad he is at peace," she said. "But I'm sorry that he's not here with us anymore. " Mr. Melvin had been ill since suffering a stroke in July. Bedridden and unable to speak, he was hospitalized from October until February, when his family asked that he be allowed to return home.
August 17, 1986 |
In the early 1960s, new sounds were coming from the street corners in various neighborhoods of Philadelphia. Way west of here, in Detroit, birth had been given to the "Motown Sound," and groups like Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, the Supremes and the Temptations were starting to make it big. But this had nothing to do with Philadelphia. No one knew it at the time, but those groups harmonizing on Philadelphia street corners were in the process of creating their own sound. It would be a few more years before that sound was recognized and formally labeled the "Sound of Philadelphia," or simply the "Philly Sound.
November 12, 1996 |
When he hears the smooth, familiar voice, Harold Melvin's eyes struggle open. His head, propped on pillows, stays cocked to the left. His mouth, framed by a graying mustache, slowly churns, but remains closed. Nothing else moves; Melvin's body is frozen under the hospital sheets. But Georgie Woods - "The Guy with the Goods" - has come to visit. And just like back in the days when it boomed from the stage of the Uptown Theater or blared from portable radios carried by nearly every kid in Philadelphia, Woods' voice demands attention.
December 9, 1996 |
Georgie Woods, the longtime disc jockey and civil rights activist, is at it again. For all his radio talent, Woods is a social worker without portfolio. For more than 35 years, he has donated his time and made numerous out-of-pocket - and out-of-the-limelight - donations to the poor. He has purchased and personally delivered Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets, and used his popularity to help raise funds for the needy. Last week, he was busy making phone calls to big-name performers around the country on behalf of Harold Melvin, the popular R&B lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, who was paralyzed by a stroke last June.
October 6, 2010 |
Teddy Pendergrass left an indelible music legacy when he died in January. He didn't leave much else. A bank foreclosed on his Penn Valley home over the summer - the property is slated for sheriff's sale next month. There's also an outstanding car loan and a lawsuit by a former songwriting partner. But none of that has squelched a bitter battle over the famed singer's will. For months, Pendergrass' second wife, whom he married in 2008, has been quietly warring with his son over the remnants of his estate.