Friday, July 10, 2009

Flashback Friday – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - "If You Don't Know Me By Now"

For some reason I've been listening to a lot of the Philly Sound lately. It was before my time but even as a kid, I knew there was something special about this "grown folks" music.

Teddy Pendergrass is one of my favorite males vocalists. He started out singing and playing drums in church.

"If You Don't Know Me By Now" was written by the legendary producers Gamble & Huff in 1973. Eventually Teddy left the group for a very successful solo career.

A horrible car accident in 1982 left Teddy paralyzed from waist down with limited use of his arms.

Simple Red did a decent cover but I prefer the original. It reminds me of my dad's best friend Howard who passed away last year. He played the best music at his parties.

It's a little early in the morning, and I don't even like scotch but this song calls for a glass of the good stuff.

Have a great weekend.


Nonna said...

I loved Teddy Pendergast,have some of his CD's-you reminded me-I'll have to pull them out and listen. What a great voice.

gibber said...

why am i seeing geico commercials and no harold melvin? :)

nyc/caribbean ragazza said...

Nonna - I agree...his voice was amazing.

gibber - opps. I fixed it. ha

Skywalker said...


Caught your FF post - good one. I will say that this song has been in our house recently. Bill Mahr referenced it during Religulous. TP is something else.

carrieitly said...

Before my time too, but still, I grew up with this. Thanks for some nostalgia.