Teddy Pendergrass, 59, Has Passed Away
Teddy Pendergrass, soul/R&B singer/songwriter has passed away from complications related to colon cancer. Pendergrass, became famous as the lead singer for Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes and eventually, like most great singers, struck out on his own.
Having honed his chops singing gospel in church, Pendergrass was even ordained to be a minister at one time, but decided to leave school in the 11th grade to pursue a career in music.
Teddy, whose voice was a unique blend of sultry, manly tones, had scored hits with the incredibly soulful "If You Don't Know Me By Now," and the Gamble and Huff produced hit "Wake Up Everybody" as front man for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. His solo career took a turn from soul singer to sex symbol. In the vein of Marvin Gaye's vocal styling, Pendergrass was successful with hits like "Love T.K.O," to the somewhat cheesy "Turn Off The Lights." Pendergrass embraced the popular themes of the late 70's and early 80's: seduction.
Sadly, Teddy was in a serious car accident in 1982 in his hometown of Philadelphia which left him paralyzed from the waist down, and while he continued to perform and record, he was never able to really recapture the level of success he'd previously had.
Teddy will be missed, but his beautiful voice will live on in his amazing music.
So tonight, light a candle, pour some wine, put on Teddy's greatest hits and make sweet love to your partner in honor of Mr. Pendergrass. It would be a fitting tribute.