Dave Lee remixes the Philly disco classic “Don’t Leave Me This Way”

The Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes remix featuring Teddy Pendergrass drops separately from the Produced With Love II album as a stand-alone single...

There has never been a song more ready for the street. “Don’t Leave Me This Way” first appeared on Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes 1975 album Wake Up Everybody before Thelma Houston covered it a year later. That version had significant success on the chart and in some ways became a ubiquitous soundtrack for the 1970s disco scene itself.

This remix has been in Dave Lee’s bag for a few years now and appeared on Produced With Love II, his latest artist’s album. It was originally withheld from digital versions of the record until it was finally pushed out as a separate single by Epic/Sony Legacy. The unfathomable power of Teddy Pendergrass on vocals is in full effect here, and Lee matches that energy, leaning back and then leaning in. After the exertion, the Gamble & Huff soul-with-strings during the break is a moment of hard-earned dancefloor satori for everyone who manages to stay on their feet.

Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Don’t Leave Me This Way (Epic/Sony Legacy / Digital)
1. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes: Don’t Leave Me This Way (Dave Lee Philly World Mix) (7:54)

⚪️ Disclosure Statement: This record was submitted as a promo.


Previous Coverage:
Dave Lee drops “Starlight” – his new track with Omar (2022)
Dave Lee reworks disco classic “Shake It Up Tonight” (2021)
Dave Lee Drops Joey Negro Moniker (2020)
Louie Vega & Josh Milan remix Sunburst Band’s “Listen Love” (2021)


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