TEDDY PENDERGRASS CLAIMS HAROLD MELVIN RIPPED OFF THE BLUENOTES:

Teddy Pendergrass reveals in his book, “Truly Blessed,” that Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes arrived in Los Angeles for a performance.  Pendergrass and the Blue Notes were forced to stay in fleabag motels whereas Harold Melvin occupied an enormous penthouse suite.  Pendergrass decided to discuss their living situation with Melvin. He arrived at the hotel and passed a uniformed doorman.  Inside Harold’s suite he found his well-heeled friends and a white drift of cocaine on the coffee table. Harold was playing the gracious host.  The first chance he got, he pulled him aside and told him.   “Harold, here you are in this suite and the other guys are sitting down in Hollywood with no money.” Harold stared at him blankly, as if to say, “So?”

Pendergrass continued, “You just don’t get it, man.  We work our asses off and are barely scraping by and you’re up here having a big fucking party. It’s just not right.

Harold said, “Just a minute,” I followed him into his bedroom, as I peeked around the door frame, Harold, with his back to me, lifted up the mattress of his bed to reveal what looked to be thousands and thousands of dollars he’d stashed underneath.  Only later did I learn that this was our royalty money-thousands of dollars that Gamble and Huff had given  Harold in a check with the understanding that he would cash it and split it equally among the group. That never happened.

Harold came to the doorway and handed me a small stack of bills.   “Here,” he said. “You take this, for you.  But don’t tell the rest of them about it.”  I took the money and went back and split it with the guys.  Later, back in my cheap motel room, I decided, it was time for me to leave the group and launch a solo career.  This incident was the turning point.

 

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