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Bernard Wilson of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes dies at 64

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Bernard Wilson, a member of R&B vocal group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, died Dec. 26 in New Jersey, Variety reports. A specific cause of death has not been disclosed.

Wilson was the group’s baritone singer until 1977. During those years, the Blue Notes became one of the biggest Philly Soul acts, well known for their immaculate harmonies. Wilson helped back late lead singer Teddy Pendergrass on many classic hits from this era, including “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (listen after the jump) and “Wake Up Everybody.”

Please join the Music Mix in sending our kind thoughts to Wilson’s family and friends.

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