R.I.P.: Bernie Wilson Of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes Dead At 64

- By Bossip Staff

Bernie Wilson (the gentleman photographed to the right of Teddy P) has passed away:

Bernie Wilson, a baritone member of the rhythm and blues group that produced the 1972 hit “If You Don’t Know Me by Now,” has died.

Wilson, 64, died early Sunday at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, N.J., following a stroke and a heart attack, his cousin, Faith Peace-Mazzccua, said Monday. Philadelphia International Records, the former record company for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, said Wilson’s death leaves Lloyd Parks as the sole surviving member of the group’s lineup at the time. The lineup also featured Teddy Pendergrass and Lawrence Brown.

The group produced a string of R&B hits in the ’70s and helped define the Sound of Philadelphia. “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” topped the R&B charts and made the top five on the pop charts. The hits that followed included “I Miss You,” ”Bad Luck,” ”Wake up Everybody,” and the dance track “The Love I Lost,” which has been credited as one of the first disco records, according to an All Music Guide biography on the Billboard website.

“He left home at 16 as a pauper and came back home a millionaire,” Peace-Mazzccua told The Associated Press. She said her cousin kept performing until a few years ago and hoped to return and sing gospel music. “Bernard was a very funny person. He should have been a comedian,” she said. “He didn’t take no stuff and he loved people.” Funeral arrangements were pending Monday.


Via Associated Press

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    Thats two ! Most likely we have one more to go. Let me take this time and pray that two will be enough this time around ( death in 3’s in case you don’t get it) !

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  • flacker

    only one member of the group is alive the dude on the left. RIP brother, i grew up in the ’70’s and this was one of the best group around.

  • http://www.jeanettedavis.com NyladyJ

    May God bless his soul and strengthen his family in this time of sorrow. He was blessed to perform in the heyday era of “Real Soul Music”.

  • Right Now

    R.I.P. brother!
    Still love this group…real music!!!

  • Mrs. Rance

    R.I.P. bruh. Thanks for the music.

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  • shalonndramarie

    They say they die in 3’s, one more to go.

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