Track Of The Week #1 – Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes ‘Wake Up Everybody’

Welcome to the very first edition of a weekly post in which I will outline my favourite track that will be my soundtrack for the next seven days. The music will vary in styles and range in ages. I aim to cover all genres of music and I will specifically try to post songs that you may not have heard before.

So to kickstart the blog, I’d like to introduce to my first ever track of the week with this smooth and uplifting soul classic. The song is entitled ‘Wake Up Everybody’ by Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes. The song was released in 1975 on Philadelphia International records and had success in charts across both the US and UK.

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‘Wake Up Everybody’ spent two weeks at number one in the Hot Soul Singles chart at the start of 1976. It also cemented a solid place at number 12 in the US Billboard top 100 and number 23 in the UK singles chart.

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes were easily one of the most popular soul groups to ever emerge from Philadelphia and they boasted an impressive roster of singers, the most impressive being the late Teddy Pendergrass, famous for such songs as ‘Love TKO’ and ‘You Can’t Hide From Yourself’. This was to be the last album that Pendergrass would feature on before leaving and pursuing a solo career.

Listen & enjoy here –

 

Sam Creedon.

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