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Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass started singing gospel music in Philadelphia churches, becoming an ordained minister at ten years old. While attending public school, he sang in the citywide McIntyre Elementary School Choir and in the All-City Stetson Junior High School Choir. A self-taught drummer, Pendergrass had a teen pop vocal group when he was 15. By his late teens, Pendergrass was a drummer for local vocal group the Cadillacs.

In the late '60s, the Cadillacs merged with another more established group, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. In 1970, when the Blue Notes broke up, Melvin, now aware of Pendergrass' vocal prowess, asked him to take the lead singer spot. It's no secret that Kenneth Gamble and Leon Huff wanted Marvin Junior of the Dells for their Philadelphia International Records roster. Since the Dells were signed to Chess, they were unavailable. When the gruff'n'ready vocals of Pendergrass came their way, they eagerly signed the group. Beginning with "I Miss You," a steady stream of hit singles flowed from the collaboration of Pendergrass and Gamble & Huff: "If You Don't Know Me by Now," "The Love I Lost," "Bad Luck," "Wake Up Everybody" (number one R&B for two weeks in 1976), and two gold albums, To Be True and Wake Up Everybody.

Unfortunately, the more success the group had, the more friction developed between Melvin and Pendergrass. Despite the revised billing of the group, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes featuring Theodore Pendergrass, Pendergrass felt that he wasn't getting enough recognition. Around 1976, Pendergrass left Melvin's Blue Notes and formed his own Blue Notes, featuring Teddy Pendergrass. Briefly, there was some confusion as to which Blue Notes were which. The resolution came when Pendergrass disbanded his Blue Notes in favor of a solo career and Melvin's group signed a recording contract with Source Records, distributed through ABC Records, scoring a hit with "I Want to Be Your Lover."

Pendergrass signed a new contract with Philadelphia International Records in late 1976/early 1977. He burst back on the scene with Teddy Pendergrass, a platinum solo debut that included the top-notch singles "I Don't Love You Anymore," "You Can't Hide from Yourself," and "The More I Get the More I Want." Around this time, Pendergrass began to institute his infamous "Ladies Only" concerts. His next three albums went gold or platinum: Life Is a Song Worth Singing (1978), Teddy (1979), and Teddy Live (Coast to Coast). The hit single "Close the Door" was used in the film Soup for One, where Pendergrass had a small role.

The singer received several Grammy nominations during 1977 and 1978, Billboard's 1977 Pop Album New Artist Award, an American Music Award for best R&B performer of 1978, and awards from Ebony magazine and the NAACP. He was also in consideration for the lead in the movie biopic The Otis Redding Story. The '70s ended, but Pendergrass kept racking up the hits. TP, his fifth solo album, went platinum in the summer of 1980 off the singles "Turn Off the Lights," "Come Go with Me," "Shout and Scream," "It's You I Love," and "Can't We Try." It's Time for Love gave Pendergrass another gold album in summer 1981, which included the hit singles "Love TKO" and "I Can't Live Without Your Love."

A 1982 car accident left Pendergrass paralyzed from the waist down and wheelchair-bound. After almost a year of physical therapy and counseling, Pendergrass returned to the recording scene, signing a contract with Elektra/Asylum in 1983. His ninth solo album and Elektra/Asylum debut, Love Language went gold the spring of 1984. Philadelphia International issued two albums of unreleased tracks, This One's for You (1982) and Heaven Only Knows (1983). Other albums included Workin' It Back (1985), Joy (1988, whose title track went to number one R&B for two weeks), and Little More Magic (1993). The latter half of the '90s found Pendergrass recording for the Surefire/Wind Up label. Truly Blessed, the name of an 1991 Elektra album, is also the title of the autobiography Pendergrass co-authored with Patricia Romanowski. Apart from an appearance at a 2007 ceremony held in his honor, Pendergrass spent his later years away from the spotlight. He had difficulty recovering from colon cancer surgery and passed away on January 13, 2010. ~ Ed Hogan, Rovi
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And if I had.........
One of the Baddest brothers to ever hold a microphone. ���������� rest in peace teddy bear
Rip Teddy the one an only��������
He's truly an icon but way before my time! I'm young but love his music! They don't make music like this anymore! RIP Ted! We miss you and you music.
If only he knew how bad I want to spoil him
" I know I've said it ten times or more but I swear I've changed. I swear I've changed...." :-) The Lord only knows.. smh
R.I.P Teddy Pendergrass
Do it TEDDY
love his music!!
Come here woman, and Close the Door babe!!!
Come here baby
209ricm
All the things we've been thru
Beautiful song!
If only ....my first and only wife could have known this!

If you don't know me by now!
My my! Love ur music Teddy <3
And If I Had....Teddy doing Teddy on this song
209ricm
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I miss you Russel Dietrich Joyce..
TEDDY WAS OUR GREATEST POET AND MILLIONS OF BLACK BABIES WERE PROOF OF IT- NOW WE HAVE ZERO POPULATION GROWTH THANKS TO THE REPUBLICAN AND KKK PARTIES.
Babe it's going down,I love my music
Yes...tell me what you want to doo
Yes please love this song
Mr Marvin Gaye I know you have a special place in heaven waiting for those of us who have held you on our hearts and souls and ourusoc xoxoxo
I Really miss my Husband that's was one of his favorite song.
He was the best that will never be forgotten , "long live teddy"
Come here baby!
Best oldies in el paso texas
Philly in the house
THE MAN,HE PUT DA S**T DOWN!!,,MANY BABIES ARE HERE BECAUSE OF HIS MUCIC
I love it!!!!!!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! i'm having a blast at my desk. Pandora give me life lol
oh man, TP's voice is so beautiful and strong, i bought a few of his latter cd's and the music is really great, i'm glad i purchased them, kiss104-atla n t a often play teddy and stephanie mills duet and it sound so good, it's one of the best duets of all time -feel the fire-
Beautiful music,, thank u teddy, nobody does it better telling the truth about a man feelings toward a woman that makes her say u really care.
This was the Ultimate Slow Dance Song, turn off the lights, sooner or later Mom's would come down the steps, Boy, turn them damn lights back on or everybody gets their butts on out of here, those where the days of parties in your garage, so much, back in the day
;)
We love you music bud!
Best of best!! Great job T...
;))))
The best of Teddy Pendergrass n there are many
Rest in peace, when you're not singing for the Lord'
If I still had you
The original teddy bear
I'm still listening to his Music and its 2015
annvaughn79
Yasssss GOOD GOD ALMIGHTY
Brings me back to my youth �� I sure miss those days��
it a nice song
Oh baby miss you miss you miss you love this song yep I do.
Teddy you were truly blessed
I love this man so much..RIP TEDDY BEAR :-)
What a gift to receive and truly be blessed with a beautiful voice. by God. Mr. Pendergrass , you were one of the best. Your music filled my heart with a lot of joy and love. I do miss you, R. I.P , #1 fan
Valerie
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