Can we officially call today "Yeezus Day?"
- Posted on Dec 27th 2010 9:38PM by Benjy Eisen
Gems / Redferns
In 1972, under Melvin's leadership, the Blue Notes signed to Philadelphia International and, that September, released their self-titled debut album. Originally entitled 'I Miss You,' the album got a makeover following the massive success of its hit single, 'If You Don't Know Me By Now,' propelled, in part, by Pendergrass' career-making vocal.
After Pendergrass left the group in 1976 to pursue a solo career, the Blue Notes never fully recovered commercially. However they did have a few more successes in the late '70s and, after that, they continued, albeit intermittently, to record and perform until Melvin's death in 1997. Wilson toured with several breakaway groups featuring fellow members of previous Blue Note incarnations, well into the 1990s.
Pendergrass passed away in January of this year, following a long battle with colon cancer. With Wilson's death on Sunday, Lloyd Parks is the sole, remaining member of the Blue Notes' classic lineup from their Philadelphia International era.