Bernard Wilson, Original Member Of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes R.I.P.

Bernard Wilson, (to the left of Teddy Pendergrass on the far right of the picture) one of the original members of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes passed away this past Sunday. He was 64 years old. He died in Voorhees, NJ from a stroke and heart attack. Wilson, according to this article in the Philadelphia Inquirer grew up in North Philadelphia and Strawberry Mansion. Wilson’s cousin, Faith Peace-Mazzcuza told the Associated Press that “He left home at 16 as a pauper and came back home a millionaire.” Helping to define the legendary Sound of Philadelphia, Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes had a string of hit songs including “Wake Up Everbody,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” and “The Love I Lost.”