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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. Her claims have been disputed by other members of her family. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. She has claimed to have been physically, sexually and mentally abused by her mother, who was killed in a car accident when Sinéad was 17. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. She has three children, a son, Jake, by her first husband, a daughter, Roisin, by The Irish Times columnist John Waters, and a son, Shane. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. In a magazine article and in a programme on RTÉ (Ryan Confidential, broadcast on RTÉ 1 on May 29, 2003), she outed herself as bisexual, stating that while most of her sexual relationships had been with men, she had had three relationships with women.

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. Her second marriage was to Nicholas Sommerlad, a journalist said to be related to the Queen of Sweden (whose maiden name is Sommerlath), in 2002 but they separated in 2003. Her first marriage was to John Reynolds, a record producer, writer and musician who co-produced several albums, including her fourth, Universal Mother, in 1994. O'Connor has been married twice. In 2003 she announced that she was going to leave the music industry and train to be a catechist (teacher of the Catholic religion to school children).

After her service of ordination, she indicated that she wished to be called Mother Mary Bernadette. In the late 1990s, she was controversially ordained into a splinter Catholic group, by Irish "bishop", Michael Cox, in disregard for the prohibition on the ordination of women within Catholicism. As a result she was automatically excommunicated by the Catholic Church. Cox contacted her to offer ordination following her appearance on the RTÉ's Late Late Show, during which she told the presenter, Gay Byrne, that had she not been a singer, she would have wished to have been a Catholic priest. However she continued to have hit records in her native Ireland and in the United Kingdom. In the resultant furor, O'Connor was booed off stages and verbally abused by audiences.

Saturday Night Live had no foreknowledge of O'Connor's plan, and has resisted invitations to rebroadcast the incident (however, it is available on volume four of Saturday Night Live - 25 Years of Music[2] (http://www.amazon.com/o/ASIN/B0000A1HQC/) DVD, one of SNL's compilation video sets). She then presented a photo of Pope John Paul II to a camera and, saying "fight the real enemy", tore it up. She was singing an a cappella version of Bob Marley's "War" when, significantly, she changed a lyric from "racial injustice" to "sexual abuse." [1] (http://www.notbored.org/sinead.html). O'Connor's career received a significant blow—especially in the United States—on October 3, 1992, when she appeared on Saturday Night Live as a musical guest, hosted by Tim Robbins.

(Later, in 1996 she guested on Broken China, a solo album by Richard Wright of Pink Floyd.). In 1990 she joined many other guests for former Pink Floyd member Roger Waters' massive performance of The Wall in Berlin. She was also noted for her appearance: her shaved head and sometimes unusual clothing. She was praised for her unique voice and her original songs.

O'Connor's first two albums (1988' s The Lion and the Cobra and 1990's I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got) gained considerable attention and mostly positive reviews. Her brother is the author Joseph O'Connor. Her father is John O'Connor, a barrister. She was born in Glenageary, a suburb of Dublin in the Republic of Ireland.

Her biggest hit single was "Nothing Compares 2 U", a cover of a song written by Prince, and arranged for her by him. Sinéad O'Connor (born December 8, 1966) is an Irish pop singer and songwriter. She Who Dwells in the Secret Place of the Most High Shall Abide Under the Shadow of the Almighty (2003). Sean-Nos Nua (2002).

Faith and Courage (2000). So Far...The Best of Sinéad O'Connor (1997). Gospel Oak EP (1997). Universal Mother (1994).

Am I Not Your Girl? (1992). I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got (1990). The Lion and the Cobra (1988).

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