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Donnell Gillespie, better known as Big Daddy, is a native of Philadelphia. Donnell has been signing with Harold Melvin’s group since 1990. Under Harold’s school of teaching in the early 90’s, Donnell has developed to be on of the greatest singers of R & B music.

In Donnell Gillespie's own words

"I was born under the sign of Scorpio, yes ladies, Scorpio, November 17. My favorite color is no other than “Blue.” Big Daddy loves to eat and my favorite foods are steaks and beef liver, sautéed with gravy and onions of course. I think the animal I would identify myself with is a big old Grizzly Bear, but a gentle one. The car I think I resemble is a Mercedes Benz."

" A romantic evening is when I cook a romantic dinner for two, eating it under warm candle light or in front of a fireplace. In the background playing would be what else, a Harold Melvin’s Blue Note CD. If I were stranded on the beach for 30 days and had the choice to take one thing with me (excluding food, water, and a significant other) I would choose to take along a transceiver.

If I had the opportunity to have dinner with one person, living or deceased, I would elect Patti LaBelle. I would use this opportunity to discuss with Ms. LaBelle the possibility of using the Blue Notes as an opening act for her next show. My all time favorite TV show is “Smallville” and movie is “Scarface.”

big daddy hat"I experience a significant moment each time I step foot on stage and hear the fans respond but I think the most memorable one was when I first appeared on stage and was introduced as a member of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. I have to say my favorite Blue Note song is “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” My favorite time of the year is summer. It reminds me of family reunions, cookouts, and spending quality time with family and friends you do not have the opportunity to visit during the colder months."