SoulTracks Lost Gem: David Ebo replaced Teddy on "Feels Like Magic"

David Ebo (9 Nov 1950- November 30, 1993) had the unenviable job in 1975 of replacing the great Teddy Pendergrass as lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Pendergrass had been the vocal signature of the group through many big hits during the mid-70s, but left to fashion what would become a brilliant solo career.

With Pendergrass gone, the group left Philadelphia International Records, signing with ABC Records for the 1977 album Reaching The World. They got off to a good start with the title track, which became a top 20 R&B hit.

David Ebo (9 Nov 1950- November 30, 1993) had the unenviable job in 1975 of replacing the great Teddy Pendergrass as lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Pendergrass had been the vocal signature of the group through many big hits during the mid-70s, but left to fashion what would become a brilliant solo career.

With Pendergrass gone, the group left Philadelphia International Records, signing with ABC Records for the 1977 album Reaching The World. They got off to a good start with the title track, which became a top 20 R&B hit.

Later in the same year, the group released their second album for ABC called Now Is The Time. The album, which was produced by Harold Melvin, was a sales disappointment and only climbed to the lower regions of the US R&B Chart. But the disc did included this Jerome Jones-written gem, “Feels Like Magic.”

Have a listen to our latest SoulTracks Lost Gem and tell us if you feel the same Philadelphia Magic as we do?

By Gary Van den Bussche
Disco, Gold, Soul

 Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
"Feels Like Magic"