Bernie Wilson (1946-2010)

*Bernie Wilson, a member of R&B group Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, has died. He was 64.

Wilson, who sang baritone, died early Sunday at Kresson View Center in Voorhees, N.J., following a stroke and a heart attack, his cousin, Faith Peace-Mazzccua, said Monday.

Philadelphia International Records, the former record company for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, said Wilson’s death leaves Lloyd Parks as the sole surviving member of the group’s lineup at the time. The lineup also featured Teddy Pendergrass and Lawrence Brown.

“He left home at 16 as a pauper and came back home a millionaire,” Peace-Mazzccua told The Associated Press.

She said her cousin kept performing until a few years ago and hoped to return and sing gospel music.

“Bernard was a very funny person. He should have been a comedian,” she said. “He didn’t take no stuff and he loved people.”

Watch Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes perform “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”: