The Legendary BlueNotes (formerly Harold Melvin & The BlueNotes) featuring “Sugar Bear” is one of the most popular Philadelphia soul groups of the 1970s. The group’s repertoire included soul, R&B, doo-wop, and disco. Founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the middle of the 1950s as The Charlemagnes.
Arthur Aiken, better known as Sugar Bear, “Lead Singer” of the-then-(The Original Legendary Blue Notes featuring Sugar Bear with (Lawrence (pop pop) Brown, Bernie Wilson and Lloyd Parks of the newly formed, “The Legendary Blue Notes/Original Blue Notes”. He has been singing all the Blue Notes songs in the same Teddy Pendergrass if not better sultry voice for over forty years.
While other members of the group decided to go their separate ways, Arthur remained with Larry, Lloyd and Bernie as the lead singer.
Just before Lawrence (Pop pop) Brown passed, he made Art promise that he would keep the group going at all cost: Art kept his promised and enlisted Gregory G-Man Boyd, who at the time was their road manager, as his partner to help him keep his word to Larry as he prepared to go home to glory. The two of them mutually agreed that G-man would be the manager and handle the business end. He continues to do this today. Together him and his partner/manager have put together the perfect group consisting of Sonny (Twinkle Toes) King, Roger (Smooth) Banks and Frank (Love) Lee. So while Gregory G-man Boyd handles the business end, Art a.k.a. Sugar Bear concentrates on what he enjoys most (entertaining fans with his voice):
The group is most noted for several hits on Gamble and Huff’s Philadelphia International label (PIR) between 1972 and 1977, although they performed and recorded until Melvin’s death in 1997, Sugar Bear and Gregory G Man Boyd maintained their partnership. Later the group performed with Harold Melvin’s daughter as Trudy Melvin’s Blue notes and the Legendary Blue Notes twice for the Soul Train Cruises, one in January 2020, the Ultimate cruise in February 2020. Before they could perform again, they were first hit with Trudy Melvin’s passing then immediately after, Covid 19 came along and prevented the group from completing their tour. But now!!!
The Blue Notes are on their way back……Strong