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Pianist Chris McGregor shaped this Southern African group in 1962 with Dudu Pukwana (alto), Mongezi Feza (trumpet), Nick Moyake (tenor), Johnny Dyani (bass), and Louis Moholo (drums). In 1963, the Blue Records earned the country’s Greatest Jazz Group honor, but the tensing rules pursuing anti-apartheid uprisings produced life difficult in South Africa to get a racially mixed music group, therefore in 1964 they fled the united states via an invitation to execute in the Antibes Jazz Event (Legacy, Ogun 1995). Following the concert, they busked for some time in towns within the South of France. For the wintertime they transferred to Zurich, where fellow expatriate Abdullah Ibrahim helped them, and they visited London and Copenhagen (Extremely Urgent, Polydor, with Ronnie Beverage on tenor). Lifestyle in European countries wasn’t easy, with racism getting far from unusual and work inadequate; their refugee position didn’t help, either. Moyake, homesick, returned to South Africa, Dyani transferred to Copenhagen and made his own groupings there, and McGregor founded the Brotherhood of Breathing in London using the white South African bassist Harry Miller. Besides playing within the Brotherhood, Pukwana and Moholo led their very own bands, often using one another. Feza’s trumpet was noticed with Keith Tippett, Henry Cow, and Robert Wyatt, but he passed away prematurely in 1975 (Blue Records for Mongezi, Ogun 1975). Unfortunately, every one of the Blue Records except Louis Moholo passed on between after that and 1990. The group’s last record is really a shifting tribute in trio to Johnny Dyani (Blue Records for Johnny, Ogun 1987).

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Music Songs If You Don't Know Me by Now, The Love I Lost, Wake Up Everybody, Bad Luck, Be for Real, Where Are All My Friends, You Know How to Make Me Feel so Good, Tell the World How I Feel About 'cha Baby, Satisfaction Guaranteed, Yesterday I Had the Blues, I Should Be Your Lover, I'm Weak For You, Hope That We Can Be Together Soon, I Miss You, Prayin', Don't Leave Me This Way, Ebony Woman, Let Me Into Your World, Today's Your Lucky Day, Let It Be You, Nobody Could Take Your Place, Don't Give Me Up, Keep on Lovin' You, To Be Free to Be Who We Are, I Really Love You, I'm Searching for a Love, To Be True, It's All Because of a Woman, Could It Be I'm Falling in Love, I Miss You, Pt. 1, Concentrate on Me, You May Not Love Me
Albums To Be True, Wake Up Everybody, Black & Blue, Reaching for the World, Philadelphia Soul, Talk It Up (Tell Everybody), Now Is the Time, The Blue Album, The Ultimate Blue Notes, Collectors' Item: All Their Greatest Hits!, Talk It Up, The Best of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, The Essential, Blue Notes And Ballads, Collectors' Item, Greatest Hits, Super Hits, Back To Back With Love, All Time Greatest Hits, Greatest Christmas Songs, Billy Paul & Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Christmas With Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, Reddy vs. Melvin & The Blue Notes, Making Madonna Seventeen Stunning Hits, Choice Soul Cuts, The Best Of, Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Best of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Christmas With Love, Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now, I Miss You (Expanded Edition), Legacy's Rhythm & Soul: The Best Of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - If You Don't Know Me By Now


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1 Bernie Wilson died on Dec. 26, 2010, at age 64 after a stroke and a heart attack.
2 Members have included Harold Melvin, Bernie Wilson, Don Haney, Roosevelt Brodie, Jesse Gillis Jr., Franklin Peaker, John Atkins, Teddy Pendergrass, Lawrence Brown, Lloyd Parks, Jerry Cummings, Sharon Paige, David Ebo, Dwight Johnson, William Spratelly, Gil Saunders.


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Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Who's Doing the Dishes? 2016 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Creed 2015 performer: "Wake Up Everybody"
Overspel 2015 TV Series performer - 1 episode
I Believe in Miracles 2015 Documentary performer: "The Love I Lost"
Today at Wimbledon 2014 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Small Time 2014 performer: "Yesterday I Had the Blues"
American Hustle 2013 performer: "Don't Leave Me This Way"
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon 2013 Documentary performer: "Wake Up Everybody"
When Disco Ruled the World 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Don't Leave Me This Way"
A Thousand Words 2012/I performer: "Bad Luck"
The Joy of Disco 2012 TV Movie documentary performer: "Don't Leave Me This Way"
Religulous 2008 Documentary performer: "If You Don't Know Me By Now"
Akeelah and the Bee 2006 performer: "Wake Up Everybody" 1975 - as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
Carlito's Way: Rise to Power 2005 Video performer: "You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good", "Wake Up Everybody"
Radio 2003 performer: "Wake Up Everybody" 1975, "If You Don't Know Me By Now" 1972 - as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
Crossing Jordan 2002 TV Series performer - 1 episode
Next Friday 2000 performer: "Bad Luck"
The Last Days of Disco 1998 performer: "The Love I Lost" - as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
Dead Presidents 1995 performer: "I Miss You"
Chicago Hope 1995 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Program 1993 performer: "If You Don't Know Me by Now" - as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
Zebrahead 1992 performer: "Don't Leave Me This Way" - as Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
Top of the Pops 1977 TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Midnight Special 1973 TV Series performer - 1 episode

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TitleYearStatusCharacter
Love Train: The Sound of Philadelphia 2009 TV Movie documentary Themselves
Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes Live Concert 2007 Video documentary
Soul Train 1975-1978 TV Series Themselves / Themselves - Musical Guest
The Midnight Special 1973 TV Series Themselves

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