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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
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Hold Me / Love [Digital 45]

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Track List: It's Time For Love

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

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Track List: Heaven Only Knows

1. Crazy About Your Love

2. Judge For Yourself

3. I Want My Baby Back

4. Life Is For Living

5. You And Me For Right Now

6. Just Because You're Mine

7. Heaven Only Knows

8. Don't Ever Stop (Giving Your Love To Me)

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Track List: This One's For You

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

6. It's Up To You (What You Do With Your Life)

7. Don't Leave Me Out Along The Road

8. Only To You

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Track List: American Legend

1. Come Go With Me

2. Turn Off The Lights

4. Love T.K.O.

5. I Can't Live Without Your Love

6. Only You

7. Can't We Try

8. The Whole Town's Laughing At Me

9. Close The Door

10. When Somebody Loves You Back

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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

12. This Gift Of Life

13. I'll Never See Heaven Again

14. I Want My Baby Back

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Track List: Choice Soul Cuts

1. Come Go With Me

2. Turn Off The Lights

3. When Somebody Loves You Back

4. You're My Latest, Greatest Inspiration

5. Love K.T.O.

6. I Can't Live Without Your Love

7. Only You

8. Can't We Try

9. The Whole Town's Laughing At Me

10. Close The Door

11. And If I Had

12. It Don't Hurt Now

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Track List: Greatest Hits: Love TKO

1. Love TKO (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

2. Close The Door (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

3. The Whole Town Is Laughing At Me (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

4. Come Go With Me (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

5. Turn Off The Lights (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

6. Can't We Try (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

7. Only You (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

8. I Can't Live Without Your Love (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

9. And If I Had (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

10. When Somebody Loves You Back (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

11. It Don't Hurt Now (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

12. Love Tko (Destiny Chill Mix) (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

13. When Somebody Loves You Back (Groover Love Mix) (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

14. You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration (Fredco Mix) (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

15. Only You (On The House Mix) (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

16. Turn Off The Lights (Ultra Mix)

17. Come Go With Me (Interface Mix) (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

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Track List: Love Collection

1. Love Tko (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

2. Close The Door (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

3. The Whole Town Is Laughing At Me (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

4. Come Go With Me (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

5. Turn Off The Lights (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

6. Can't We Try (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

7. Only You (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

8. I Can't Live Without Your Love (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

9. And If I Had (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

10. When Somebody Loves You Back (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

11. I Don't Hurt Now (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

12. And If I Had (Instrumental Version)

13. Can't We Try (Instrumental Version)

14. Close The Door (String Version)

15. Close The Door (Instrumental Version)

16. Come Go With Me (Instrumental Version)

17. I Can't Live Without Your Love (Instrumental Version)

18. Love Tko (Instrumental Version)

19. Love Tko (String Version)

20. You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration (Instrumental Version) (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

21. Only You (Instrumental Version)

22. The Whole Town Is Laughing (Instrumental Version) (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

23. Turn Off The Lights (String Version)

24. Turn Off The Lights (Instrumental Version)

25. When Somebody Loves You Back (Instrumental Version)

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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: A Little More Magic

1. Believe In Love

2. Slip Away

3. I'm Always Thinking About You

4. I Choose You

5. Voodoo

6. Tender

7. Can't Help Nobody

8. A Little More Magic

9. My Father's Child

10. Say It

11. No One Like You

12. Reprise

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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: Workin' It Back

1. Love 4/2

2. One Of Us Fell In Love

3. Never Felt Like Dancin'

4. Let Me Be Closer

5. Lonely Color Blue

6. Want You Back In My Life

7. Workin' It Back

8. Love Emergency

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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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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: Live! Coast To Coast

Disc 1

1. Life Is A Song Worth Singing (Live)

2. Only You (Live)

3. If You Don't Know By Now/The Love I Lost/Bad Luck/Wake Up Everybody (Live)

4. Introduction

5. When Somebody Loves You Back (Live)

6. Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose (Live)

Disc 2

1. L.A. Rap/Come Go With Me/Close The Door/Turn Off The Lights/Do Me (Live)

2. Live Interview (Live)

3. Where Did All The Lovin Go (Live)

4. Live Interview With Mimi Brown Of Wdas-Fm (Live)

5. It's You I Love

6. Live Interview (Live)

7. Shout And Scream (Live)

8. Live Interview

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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: Total Soul Classics - 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

8. Only You (Single Version)

9. Get Down, Get Funky (Disco Version)

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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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Teddy was the Philly player that music �� was played all over the airwaves. His voice represented "MAN"! The woman loved it while the music played.
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The soothing, sultry voice of Teddy ............
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It Don't Hurt Now... Yes I love it
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YOURE MY LATEST GREATEST INSPIRATION ....
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I love his beautiful smile
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Miss ya Miss you
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Teddy - that MAN voice. Not to high or to low. Great music.
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I miss you baby i can't get you off my mind so ricky holiday this goes out to you baby love you always and forever I'll never forget you
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LM lkjjknjklknl l k
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I wish I could have seen him
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drsmoke2
I saw,teddy years ago in oakdale theater in the round in Wallingford, c t .
What a concert.sure l y a true iconic artist
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This goes out to you ricky holiday i miss you baby i love you baby always and forever
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It Don't Hurt Now....when it don't hurt no mo, you don't care (wish them well) and just let it go and move on....been there! lol
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TEDDY'S VOICE PUT HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUE NOTES ON THE MAP!!!
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Sometimes!
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Bady like this song it reminds me of you man do I miss you so much miss you miss you bady Love alway. Frenchie.❤️⚔ .
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Love this mans voice and songs
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Latest, greatest inspiration! ����
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To be loved and be loved in return, is the only thing my heart desires, I LOVE THIS SONG.
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the best to have ever did it!!!
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Such beautiful lyrics to this song.. Crying, crying!!!!
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I love teddy music man I listen to his every day and night with my girlfriend in the 70's she love to dance to it but slowly and easy I loved it and she did to man what a D. Love Always Bady.Frenchi e .
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A out standing singer taken to soon know some one who sang with the blue notes .great loss
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Miss you miss you baby crying, crying till one day soon we shall meet again!!!!
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LOVE ME SOME TEDDY P
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~~~~Life's lessons/expe r i e n c e s teaches us wisdom.~~~~
It Don't Hurt Now by Teddy Pendergrass classic r&b soul from the heart!
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Lupe listen to the song bady Man got it bad bady need you so bad but I will fine you bady one day .❤️❤️⚔️⚔️���
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Gospel
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I just want to make love to you one day. Frenchie love's you always. ❤️❤️❤️❤️⚔️⚔️
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Lupe I have love to give to you and bady I have wailing for you please . Love always.⚔️⚔️⚔
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Teddy Bear
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You been away from me so long that I just don't think I can carry on.
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Everybody love Teddy especially my sister will always miss u but have your music forever thankd
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I Like All Teddys Songs... & Bobby Womack Songs.... .& Levert
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Teddy is the best singer of all. He puts his heart and soul into everything he sings.
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Teddy is the best artist there ever was!
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You just have to love this music brings back so many wonderful memories of the early 70s nothing else like it still sounds good today
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I needed this medicine tonight!
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Don't read this. You will be kissed on the nearest Friday by the love of your life. Tomorrow will be the best day of your life. Now that you have been reading this, don't stop. If you ignore it you will have bad luck. Post this on 15 other songs in 143 minutes. When you are done and you press the space bar and your crushes name will appear in big letters on your screen. It's freaky because it actually works
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LORD KNOWS THAT THIS SONG THAT U R SINGING I MISS U IS THE SAME WAY I FEEL ABOUT U. MR. TEDDY P. U REALLY R MISSED BY SO MANY PEOPLE. I KNOW BY ME 4 SURE, THATS REAL TALK. RIP. U R TRULY STILL SINGING 4 R REAL FATHER GOD. U HAVE YOUR WING'S
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I never closed the door for you babe. When you came back into my life after 40 some years our love was stronger then ever. Today 1-9-17 ten months I lost you forever !!! It was so good .,.. But God had his plan for us. Gone , missing you forever. One day soon my love!!!
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Think I was born in the wrong decade....lo v e this kind of music.
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The great Teddy Pendergrass Philly loves you R.I.P
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love u Teddy forever... u blessed me with your work thank u
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Rip teddy and Harold Melvin you and your music is missed
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Teddy's music talks to your soul!
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Oh, How I miss him everyday for sure.
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So much lost but yet so much to listen to. Thanks T.P!
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