Belfast Telegraph

Friday 27 February 2015

‘Philly Sound’ legend Bernie Wilson passes away

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.

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