Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

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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. More recently, Donnie Wahlberg has been involved in movies such as The Sixth Sense, the critically acclaimed mini-series Band of Brothers and the short-lived police drama series Boomtown in which he played Detective Stevens. Though they had several hits from 1972 to 1975, they dried up after the departure of Pendergrass. Also, McIntyre has performed in Broadway musicals. They were signed to Gamble & Huff's Philadelphia International label. Joey McIntyre and Jordan Knight each released moderately successful solo albums. Though ostensibly led by Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass was the most influential member of the group. After the group's demise, Wahlberg and Danny Wood formed a record label, and Wahlberg also produced two albums of his brother Mark Wahlberg, who has gone on to become a successful actor.

Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes were one of the most popular Philly soul groups of the 1970s. The group broke up in 1994. Faced with the constant derision of people outside their preteen fan base and the maturation of that base, in the 1990s they split off from Starr and released one album of self-composed R&B, Face The Music, which, despite a mildly positive critical reception, sold poorly. With saturated coverage in teenage fan magazines and even a short-lived animated television series, they became hugely famous and sold millions more of their next two albums, one a recording of Christmas songs and the other 1990's Step by Step, with some of the songs co-written by the group members. Their second album, 1988's Hangin' Tough, sold eight million copies around the world, with three top ten singles: the title track, the saccharine "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)," and "You Got It (The Right Stuff).".

Based on R&B/Pop quintet New Edition and assembled by their former manager & producer Maurice Starr, their self-titled first album in 1986 was largely ignored. The members of the band were Donnie Wahlberg, Jordan Knight, brother Jonathan Knight, Danny Wood, and Joe McIntyre, all from Boston. New Kids On The Block was a commercially successful boy band of the late 1980s formed in Boston in 1984. 1994 "Dirty Dawg" #27 UK.

1991 "If You Go Away" #16 US (1992 release), #9 UK. from "Face the Music"

    . 1991 "Call It What You Want" #12 UK. 1991 "Games" #14 UK.

    1990 "Tonight" #7 US, #3 UK. 1990 "Step by Step" #1 US, #2 UK. from "Step by Step"

      . 1989 "This One's for the Children" #7 US, #9 UK (1990 release).

      from "Merry, Merry Christmas"

        . 1989 "Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time)" #8 US, #8 UK (double A-side with Let's Try Again in the UK, 1990 release). from "New Kids on the Block"
          . 1989 "Cover Girl" #2 US, #4 UK (1990 release).

          1989 "I'll Be Loving You (Forever)" #1 US, #5 UK (1990 release). 1989 "Hangin' Tough" #1 US, #1 UK (1990 release). 1988 "Please Don't Go Girl" #10 US. 1988 "You Got It (The Right Stuff)" #3 US, #1 UK (1989 release).

          from "Hangin' Tough"

            . 2001 "Super Hits". 1999 "Greatest Hits". 1994 "Face the Music" #37 US, #36 UK.

            1990 "No More Games - The Remix Album" #19 US, #15 UK (1991 release), US Sales: 500,000. 1990 "Step by Step" #1 US, #1 UK, US Sales: 3,000,000. 1989 "Merry, Merry Christmas" #9 US, #13 UK (1990 release), US Sales: 2,000,000. 1988 "Hangin' Tough" #1 US, #2 UK, US Sales: 9,000,000.

            1986 "New Kids on the Block" #25 US (charted in 1989), #6 UK (charted in 1990), US Sales: 3,000,000.

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