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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
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Selected Discography

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Track List: The Essential Teddy Pendergrass

Disc 1

1. I Don't Love You Anymore

2. When Somebody Loves You Back

3. Come Go With Me

4. The Whole Town's Laughing At Me

5. Somebody Told Me

6. Love T.K.O.

7. You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration

8. And If I Had

9. Don't Leave Me This Way

10. I Miss You

11. The Love I Lost

12. Nine Times Out Of Ten

13. Life Is A Song Worth Singing

14. If You Don't Know Me By Now

Disc 2

2. Close The Door

3. It's Time For Love

4. Turn Off The Lights

7. Only You

8. Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose

9. It Should've Been You

10. Hold Me

11. Joy

12. This Gift Of Life

13. I'll Never See Heaven Again

14. I Want My Baby Back

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Track List: The Love Songs Collection

1. Come Go With Me

2. When Somebody Loves You Back

3. Love T.K.O.

4. Can't We Try

6. Turn Off The Lights

7. Close The Door

8. Do Me

10. All I Need Is You

11. The More I Get, The More I Want

12. You're My Latest, Greatest Inspiration

13. Heaven Only Knows

15. Only To You

16. It's You I Love

17. It's Time For Love

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Track List: It's Time For Love - This One's For You

Disc 1

1. I Can't Live Without Your Love

2. You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration

3. Nine Times Out Of Ten

4. Keep On Lovin' Me

5. It's Time For Love

6. She's Over Me

7. I Can't Leave Your Love Alone

8. You Must Live On

Disc 2

1. I Can't Win For Losing

2. This One's For You

3. Loving You Was Good

4. This Gift Of Life

5. Now Tell Me That You Love Me

7. Don't Leave Me Out Along The Road

8. Only To You

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Track List: It's Time For Love - Heaven Only Knows

1. I Can't Live Without Your Love

2. You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration

3. Nine Times Out Of Ten

4. Keep On Lovin' Me

5. It's Time For Love

6. She's Over Me

7. I Can't Leave Your Love Alone

8. You Must Live On

9. Crazy About Your Love

10. Judge For Yourself

11. I Want My Baby Back

12. Life Is For Living

13. You And Me For Right Now

15. Heaven Only Knows

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Track List: Truly Blessed

1. She Knocks Me Off My Feet

2. It Should've Been You

3. Don't You Ever Stop

4. It's Over

5. Glad To Be Alive

6. How Can You Mend A Broken Heart

7. I Find Everything In You

8. Spend The Night

9. With You

10. We Can't Keep Going On (Like This)

11. Truly Blessed

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Track List: Joy

1. Joy

2. 2 A. M.

3. Good To You

4. I'm Ready

5. Love Is The Power

6. This Is The Last Time

7. Through The Falling Rain (Love Story)

8. Can We Be Lovers

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Track List: TP

1. Is It Still Good To Ya

2. Take Me In Your Arms Tonight

3. I Just Called To Say

4. Can't We Try

5. Feel The Fire

6. Girl You Know

7. Love TKO

8. Let Me Love You

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Track List: Teddy

1. Come Go With Me

2. Turn Off The Lights

3. I'll Never See Heaven Again

4. All I Need Is You

5. If You Know Like I Know

6. Do Me

7. Set Me Free

8. Life Is A Circle

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Track List: Life Is A Song Worth Singing

1. Life Is A Song Worth Singing

2. Only You

3. Cold, Cold World

4. Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose

5. Close The Door

6. It Don't Hurt Now

7. When Somebody Loves You Back

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Track List: Teddy Pendergrass

1. You Can't Hide From Yourself

2. Somebody Told Me

3. Be Sure

4. And If I Had

5. I Don't Love You Anymore

6. The Whole Town's Laughing At Me

7. Easy, Easy. Got To Take It Easy

8. The More I Get, The More I Want

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Track List: Love Language

1. In My Time

2. So Sad The Song

3. Hot Love

4. Stay With Me

5. Hold Me (feat. Whitney Houston)

6. You're My Choice Tonight

7. Love

8. This Time Is Ours

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Nice RIP Mr T P
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Wow..happy for the throwback... . T P said turn off the lights and light a candle...rom a n c e me...kids today don't understand true love songs that were written from the heart and heartbreak.. . .
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One of the great voices
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There's no more grown folk music like this, tells a Real woman how a Real Man feels when he has one.Thanks Teddy P
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I miss you baby. I haven't. stop crying for you since you left to a better and more beautiful place. You have no more pain and worries. RIP MY LOVE ...ALWAYS IN MY HEART !!!
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Undying talent, undying song!
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Love this song sooooo much! Thanks Pandora!
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It touches my heart & soul (it hurts good)
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IT USE TO BE...... BUT IT DON'T HURT NOW.... WHAT HAPPEN TO THIS NEW MUSIC... THIS OLE MUSIC TOLD THE TRUTH HAS SOME MEANINGS TO IT..... TEDDY P BABY....
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I enjoy the way the music makes me remember the good old times and my ex husband
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It makes me cry
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I love this so much, the words,
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tammydubosed i v a 8
Loving somebody and somebody Loves you back
Feels So Good
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Im 41 and this what I grew up listening to...gave me a true appreciation for real music! Enjoyable music!
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They was one of the pure talanted!!!
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Sexy Teddy bear love his voice music will go on 4 ever
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tillman00200 0
I was in the 8th grade when this came out. Joy sat behind me in 3rd period..man she was fine..lol
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Music the real deal Love Love it
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Love It! Timeless
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CLASSIC!!!!! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! !
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To my dad my heart breaks everyday for you!!!!!!
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Best male vocalist of all times
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Missing you Teddy Bear
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Miss you all teddy Pendergast Song he use to sing.
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THE BEST MALE SINGER IN THE WORLD.
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nanabooismyl i f e 1
My cousin olivia aka "fathead!" R.I.P COUSIN imy...always playing teddy..
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so good when someone loves you back........ . . T e d . P. great soul.
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Always loved this song Reace this is our song u eased all my pain yeeeesssss
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Love this soooooong��! ! ! Corey Smith I miss you baby��������
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♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡♡
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Every time I hear this song I think of my mom playing her oldies after she'd get off work.. Miss you love you mommy
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He was truly a artist before hes time
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Cabrini green 1150 wc family E Williams teddy is still here with us all in spirit and beyond every time we hear his voice in his songs he's there with us? Amen
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I love this song
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What a beautiful song, a good wedding song
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I love this song, it lovely, the words are just lovely.
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Teddy was great I like a lot of his songs
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al423egme
straight to my heart and giving me great emotions towards the woman that I love... she is my greatest inspiration. al-o
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Wow...Get's Me Everytime!!! ! . . . . .
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No I don't want the lights off, I like them on.. I want to see everything ♡♡♡
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A True Talented Artist. Along with the super talents of Gamble and Huff Teddy was Unstoppable ! He Had the Real Groove, Not like this corporate Crap WE all hear today. Like they say... The Good Die Young. Just a crying Shame !
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One of the greatest balladeer's of all time....love you Teddy
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Happy
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My mother Loved Teddy Pendergrass! May he rest in peace
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RIP !..... TEDDY MR. LOVE T..K.O
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I love TP! W/o him and others like him, life would have been totally different for me! Love u Teddy P! ������������
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MUSIC LIKES THIS JUST MAKES YOU PREGNANT !
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I Love it Real music
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Teddy at his best. Forever missed...
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