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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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only one Teddy
The man the voice the lover
What can one say What's voicer
Love this song!!
He was Mr. Bluenote!!! What a voice!
Snap chat me koolgsnaps
Ayee
If I only HAD!!!!!!!!!
I miss you Teddy, my mom took me and my cousin Shawna to see his show at the Fox Theater in St.Louis I was a shorty. It's 2014 I still listen to The Teddy Bear.
This brother was the Sh. t
we're pregnant
nrivers160
X(:(
Another good one from Philly! !! No more voices like this again
I miss you u Big DADDY :(
I LUV HIM !!!!!!!!!!
Mr Theodore Pendergrass!
Teddypenderg r a s
There is no way you can mistake his tremendous voice...Trul y one of the BEST!!!
Definitely gets it done. Love you Teddy!
Nothing but Luv!
I mizz u, mizz u,mizz u:'(
I c my mom n dad dancing in the living room together
Ted Pendergrass
Miss You was originally made by David Ruffin
A true legend thank you for good music
Turn Off The Lights...cla s s i c Teddy.
dcabral111
Dee
Love Teddy's music wish I have seen him live. Listen to him often.
I love teddy pendergrass music.
What a voice that's well missed, my girlfriend/I grow up on his music







Come Go With Me !


THEN



Turn Off The Lights!
teddy is the best
When Teddy sang you knew you was getting some tonight!
I saw them perform and sing this song when I was just 15. They sounded just like this. Excellent show. I will never forget it.
Real Music!!! I love it!!
"And If I Had"~Someone - T o o - L u v ~
Look And,You-Shal l - F i n d
Give And, Shall-Be-Giv e n
Love And,It-Shall - R e t u r n
LOVE+S Disciple*978 * 1 * ~ 8 m 1 4 y ~
I love listening to his music. Gone but neve forgotten... . .
Between the sheets I made a baby on this song
2014 I'm allmost happy
MISS YOU T.P WITH HAROLD MELVIN & THE BLUENOTES
I love this song
Your my latest and my greatest inspiration! !
You can't hide from yourself "Everywhere you go, there you are! "
This Oakland music....... L u c k y Lady by the airport...wa y back in the day
C what a voice too remember always love y'all forever
TEDDY/TEDDY/ T E D D Y . IT DONT HURT NOW NO NOT NOW.RIP MAN...
I fill like lenahorn38 from RASHON IBN ALMUHYI
I don't know if I want to laugh or cry....
This my s*** t.p was the man
frelew18
You know what's going down
latoyagrffn
One of my favorite Teddy Pendergrass songs and one of the best tracks on the Dead President Soundtrack!
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