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      The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes & the Delfonics in Lincoln

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      October 11, 2019

      Friday   7:00 PM

      100 Twin River Road
      Lincoln, Rhode Island 02865

      The Stylistics, Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes & the Delfonics

      One of the most successful soul groups ever, The Stylistics had 12 straight Top Ten hits in the early ‘70s including: “You Are Everything”, “Betcha by Golly Wow”, “I’m Stone in Love with You”, “Break up to Make Up”, “Let’s Put it All Together”, and “You make me Feel Brand New.” Among their peers, they were one of the smoothest and sweetest soul groups of their era.

      That famous Philly Soul sound is still groovin’ today as The Stylistics celebrate their 50th anniversary with original founding members Airrion Love and Herb Murell, with Jason Sharp and the newest Stylistic, “Bo” Henderson (former lead vocalist of The Temptations) whose amazing falsetto makes you feel as though you are listening to the hit songs exactly as you first heard them on vinyl.

      Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes were a charismatic Philly band whose roots date back to long before their leap into stardom in the 1970’s. Behind lead singer Melvin, and the immensely popular Teddy Pendergrass, the group enjoyed tremendous success. Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes were formed by Melvin in Philadelphia in 1954, and not surprisingly, they would endure a long journey before reaching national stardom. The original lineup featured Harold Melvin, Donald Broody and Bernard Williams, signed with the small New York based Josie Records in 1954. In 1960, under the Valley Vue label, they went on to record their first hit to reach the R&B charts, “My Hero”.

      In 1970, it was the addition of Teddy Pendergrass as their drummer that set off a series of pivotal events that led to the group’s jump to national prominence. In 1972, the group collaborated with producers/songwriters Leon Huff and Kenny Gamble and signed with their Philadelphia International label. Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes reeled off a series of hits that included “If You Don’t Know me By Now”, “The Love I Lost”, “Where Are All My Friends”, “Bad Luck” and “Wake Up Everybody”.

      Sadly, the man most responsible for their success, Harold Melvin, died in 1997, but his spirit and legacy lived on through the group, which now consists of Arther “Sugar Bear” Aikens, Frank Lee, Darrell Bentley and Roger Banks. With the new singers, and to pay homage to Mr. Melvin, the group’s name was changed to Harold Melvin’s Blue Notes. The Blue Notes continue to tour and dazzle crowds with their array of groovy rhythms and soulful ballads, singing the songs their fans love to hear.

      The Delfonics caught the rising tide of R&B and pop music at just the right time in the late 1960’s when young male groups were coming into their own. The Delfonics style of song and dance steps caught the world by storm as a top attraction in concerts, college campuses and The Apollo Theater in New York. The motivating force of the group is William (Poogie) Hart, who was inspired by the groups Frankie Lyman & The Teenagers, Little Anthony & The Imperials, The Temptations, and Gladys Knights & The Pips. Background singers that have performed with William Hart include Richie Daniels, Bruce Peterson, Major Harris, Wilbert Hart, Freddy Ingleton, Randy Cain and Dr. Salaam Love. His first song to be recorded was “Pretty Little Girl In The Yellow Dress.” The song that put The Delfonics name in the Philadelphia area was “He Doesn’t Really Love You”, which became an instant hit. The next song that was released ”You’ve Been Untrue” also an instant hit in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey and Washington, D.C. written by William Hart.

      “La La Means I Love You” became an instant hit peaking at #2 on Billboards top 100. The Delfonics released hit songs written by William Hart, arranged by Thom Bell and William Hart including “You Get Yours, I’ll Get Mine” “Break Your Promise” “I’m Sorry” and “The Delfonics Theme”, all reached Billboard’s top ten. “Didn’t I Blow Your Mind This Time” was an overnight hit and #1 on the Billboard top 100 charts, winning them a Grammy for Best R&B Song of 1970. The Delfonics also made the charts with their hit songs, “For The Love I Give To You”, “Ready Or Not Here I Come,” “I Try Over And Over Again”, and “Somebody Loves You”. The group had 18 songs that reached the Billboard top 20 charts. The Delfonics hit songs have continuously been covered over the years by Aretha Franklin, Regina Bell, New Kids on the Block, Swingout Sisters, Manhattan Transfer, Silk, Bette Midler, Prince, The Jackson 5, Angela Bofill, The Fugees, Patti Labelle, Grover Washington Jr. and other well-known artists. They continue to perform throughout the United States and abroad, singing their hit songs that continue to capture the hearts of seasoned and new Delfonics fans alike. The Delfonics take great pride in their committed effort to be focused on their vocal style and smooth, professional performances. The Delfonics are true music legends of the 20th & 21st century.

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