Wake Up Everybody

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Wake Up Everybody
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Studio album by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Released November 1975
Recorded Sigma Sound Studios
(Philadelphia, Pennsylvania)
Genre R&B
Length 39:01
Label Philadelphia International
PZ 33808
Producer Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff
Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes chronology
To Be True
(1975)To Be True1975
Wake Up Everybody
(1975)
Collectors' Item: All Their Greatest Hits!
(1976)Collectors' Item: All Their Greatest Hits!1976
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau B+ [2]

Wake Up Everybody is an album released by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes on the Philadelphia International record label in November 1975. It was produced by Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff. This would be the last album to include Teddy Pendergrass before he left the group for a solo career.

The album features the hit singles "Wake Up Everybody" and "Tell the World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby". "Don't Leave Me This Way", which would be reinterpreted two years later by Thelma Houston, was a hit on the UK Singles Chart, peaking at #5. The lead vocal on the closing album track, "Searching for a Love", was performed virtually solo by Sharon Paige, who also performed duet duties with Pendergrass and Melvin on the song "You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good."

The album was remastered and reissued with a bonus track, a Tom Moulton remixed version of "Don't Leave Me This Way", in 2008 by Legacy Recordings.


Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Whitehead, Gene McFadden and Victor Carstarphen, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Wake Up Everybody" 7:30
2. "Keep on Lovin' You" 3:40
3. "You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good" (Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff) 5:17
Side two
No. Title Length
4. "Don't Leave Me This Way" (Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Cary Gilbert) 6:08
5. "Tell the World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby" 5:54
6. "To Be Free to Be Who We Are" 5:09
7. "I'm Searching for a Love" (Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff) 5:23

Personnel[edit]

  • Harold Melvin, Teddy Pendergrass, Bernard Wilson, Lawrence Brown, Jerry Cummings – vocals
  • Sharon Paige – female vocalist on "You Know How to Make Me Feel So Good" and "I'm Searching for a Love"
  • MFSB – music

Charts[edit]

Chart (1975) Peak
[3]
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 9
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Singles
Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[3]
US
R&B

[3]
US
Dance

[3]
UK
[4]
1975 "Wake Up Everybody (Part 1)" 12 1 23
1976 "Tell the World How I Feel About 'Cha Baby" 94 7 4
1977 "Don't Leave Me This Way" 5

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Lytle, Craig. Wake Up Everybody review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-10-16.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Wake Up Everybody review". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-06-26. 
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 
  4. ^ "UK Charts > Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2013-04-21. 

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