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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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When music had meaning.
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That was the s**t back in the day
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Gb JR if you Could' get action off this I'm sorry your sad xcase
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Classic Soul - I Miss You by Teddy Pendergrass. . . . s i n g e r s back in the day sang with such feeling and emotions. Classic Soul lives on!! My favorite part of the song when he says ~(I swear I done changed, I told you a thousand times, but I swear I done changed, I swear I done changed)lol. . . .
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I love you teddy pendergrass
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Teddy was a beast (facts) I brow up to this type music �� it wasn't a joke, the70's (WORD) Al Wild bx.
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CRUISIN DOWN THE STREET
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Ayyyyyyyyyyy y y
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I loved this man, last time I saw him it was the late 70s in concert with the Isley Brothers and Bohana. He is truly missed.
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I love teddy Pendergrass music
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Named after one of his songs LOVE TKO....Teaco ! Dope artist to this day soulful voice
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Come on with it teddy
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R.I.P. TP
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One of the greatest singer and performer I've every went to see! Love perfection at its 'best! When his music is played today it brings back great memories!
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Teddy P.. a class all his own. grew up listening to his albums from beginning to end that my mom played.
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Teddy was the truth. No doubt
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Its getting hotttt in here ..I wish he was still living :((
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Before my time but I absolutely adore his music <3 and this station ;-)
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Second to none!! Teddy at his best..
Wake Up Everybody..
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Please, close the damm door..... An let's get it on..(?).
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Love teddy miss him! R.I.p !!
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Another, t.k.o.(?)... .
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My wedding song
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Nice song .. HOLD ME PENDERGRASS
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My first love (Rob) gave this 45 record to me You're My Latest Greatest Inspiration. . . w h e n we first dated...was/ i s / a l w a y s has been a gentleman :)
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I just lost lost a good thing and it hurts rest in peace mrfredthomas l o v e s a n d r a
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Teddy Pendergrass the epitome of smooth just tell you what he wants
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Emotion Christmas song
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A GREAT MAN, SINGER AND memories thanks for all you have given. RiP .RON (912).
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No,more pain. You're in heaven, with God now.''
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Love this song l ask dont you
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O...yessss!
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That song brings tears to me
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STFU!!!!!!!! ! ! !
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Love u teddy turn that light off turn them off your voice lives on
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The truth
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Love my Rnb old school songs
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I loved his song "Turn off the lights"
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There will never be another. Missing you so much!
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Classic, Timeless music. Gotta love Teddy P.
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Teddy was that "guy" ! Hey man, thanks for all your good music. Real voice and real music. One of our best. !!!
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Wow! What a great way to start my day ! One of the best to ever do it. You are greatly missed TP
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Everytime I listen to Teddy I think of Eddie Murphy doing his standup. When he says Teddy used to scare women's clothes off with You got You got You got what I need! I seriously doubt Women were ever scared of TP, because that 70's sound was one that blended newly acquired electronics with talented vocal singers like Teddy. Unlike Luther he sang original material that had a style nobody copied back then. I think somewhere in manlaw it's okay to have a mancrush on Teddy. He was that good!
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Do you think as a woman I am interested in women on Match or do you think I am interested in curved penis??????? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
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This is not Teddy Pendergrass, this is Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Teddy was a part of the group, but this is Harold Melvin lead singing.
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My old time favorite artist
Made babies to many of his songs...
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Hopefully one day I'll play this song on my wedding
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