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Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. The group continued touring, however, until Melvin died in 1997.


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The group continued touring, however, until Melvin died in 1997. CD versions of Five Bridges and Elegy also include between them the whole of Autumn '67 - Spring '68 in the form of bonus tracks. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. Albums. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. The Nice reformed in 2002 for a series of live concerts. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. Emerson formed a band with Greg Lake (of King Crimson) and Carl Palmer (of Atomic Rooster)-- Emerson, Lake & Palmer.

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. By 1969, Emerson and the other band members were frustrated with their lack of mainstream success and they soon broke up. O'List left the group during the recording of Ars Longa, Vita Brevis, and The Nice continued as a trio thereafter. Besides Emerson, the group also included bassist Lee Jackson, drummer Brian Davidson, and guitarist David O'List. The title refers to the city's five bridges spanning the River Tyne (two more have since been built).

The pinnacle of the band's artistic success was probably the Five Bridges suite, commissioned for the Newcastle Arts Festival, which was performed with a full orchestra conducted by Joseph Eger. A long and wildly popular tour followed, spawning controversy when Emerson burned an American flag onstage during a performance of the band's satirical arrangement of Leonard Bernstein's America, which Emerson described as the first ever instrumental protest song. Keith Emerson, a keyboardist, formed the group and released their debut, The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack to immediate acclaim; this is often considered the first progressive rock album. The Nice are a progressive rock band from the 1960s, known for their unique blend of rock, jazz and classical music.

Many posthumous compilations. Elegy. Five Bridges. Autumn '67 - Spring '68 (compilation of alternate takes and remixes) (AKA The Nice Featuring America).

Nice. Ars Longa, Vita Brevis. The Thoughts of Emerlist Davjack.

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