1997 – Harold Melvin, leader of soul act Harold Me…

1997 – Harold Melvin, leader of soul act Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, dies in his sleep. He is 57. Melvin forms the Blue Notes as a doo-wop group in 1954 with himself as lead singer. Almost two decades later, with new member Teddy Pendergrass taking over the drums and lead vocals, the group enjoys a string of No. 1 R&B hits such as “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “The Love I Lost (Part 1),” “Hope That We Can Be Together Soon,” and “Wake Up Everybody (Part 1).”

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