‘Philly Sound’ legend Bernie Wilson passes away
Published 29/12/2010 | 03:22
Bernie Wilson, a baritone member of the rhythm and blues group that produced the 1972 hit If You Don't Know Me By Now, has died.
Wilson (64), of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, died early on Sunday in New Jersey following a stroke and a heart attack, his cousin Faith Peace-Mazzccua said yesterday.
Philadelphia International Records, the former record company for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, said Wilson's death leaves Lloyd Parks as the sole surviving member of the group's line-up which also featured Teddy Pendergrass and Lawrence Brown.
The group produced a string of R&B hits in the 1970s and helped define the Sound of Philadelphia. If You Don't Know Me By Now made the top five of the pop charts.