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Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass, Sr.

Born: March 26, 1950, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Died: January 13, 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Age: 59

Cause of death: Cancer surgery complications.

Notable because: Vocalist with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes - sang 'If you don't know me by now'. Paralyzed from waist down from age of 32 following car accident.

Teddy Pendergrass was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. Also known by the nicknames Teddy P, TP, or Teddy Bear, Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before embarking on a successful solo career at the end of the decade.

Teddy Pendergrass was born to Ida Geraldine Epps and the late Jesse Pendergrass (murdered in 1962), who left when Pendergrass was young and was not a part of his life. He was a student at the old Thomas Edison High School for Boys in Philadelphia. However, he dropped out in the 11th grade to go into the music business. According to author Robert Ewell Greene, Pendergrass was ordained a minister as a youngster. Later he was to become a drummer for a band, and later lead singer. The church was his initiation for talent and eventual success.http://rhonabennett.files.wordpress.com/2009/09/teddy-pendergrass-2.jpg

Pendergrass's career began when he was a drummer for The Cadillacs, which soon merged with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Melvin invited Pendergrass to become the lead singer after he jumped from the rear of a stage and started singing his heart out. Months later the group signed with Gamble & Huff on the then CBS subsidiary Philadelphia International Records in 1972. The Blue Notes had hits such as "I Miss You," "Bad Luck," "Wake Up Everybody," the two million seller "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and many more. Following personality conflicts between Melvin and Pendergrass, Pendergrass launched a solo career and released hit singles like "The More I Get the More I Want," "Close the Door," "I Don't Love You Anymore," "Turn Off the Lights" and others.

His first solo album was self titled Teddy Pendergrass (1977), followed by Life is a Song Worth Singing (1978), Live Coast to Coast and Teddy (1979), 1980's TP and the final Philadelphia International Records album It's Time for Love (1981). He also sang a duet with Whitney Houston on "Hold Me", from her self-titled debut album.

On March 18, 1982, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia on Lincoln Drive, Pendergrass was involved in an automobile accident when the brakes failed on his Rolls Royce car and he hit a tree. Pendergrass and his passenger, Tenika Watson, a transsexual nightclub performer with whom Pendergrass was casually acquainted, were trapped in the wreckage for 45 minutes. While Watson walked away from the accident with minor injuries, Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the waist down.

In August 1982, PIR also released This One's for You, while Pendergrass was recovering from his accident. In 1983, the album Heaven Only Knows was released. This was his last album containing his pre-accident recordings. Ten years after the accident, he recorded a version of "One Shining Moment," the theme for March Madness Basketball on CBS.

After completing physical therapy, he returned to the studio to record the album Love Language, featuringhttp://www.accesshollywood.com/content/images/64/originals/64897_video-221623-teddy-pendergrass-still-making-music.jpg the 1984 ballad "Hold Me", a duet with a then-unknown Whitney Houston. He also returned to the public for a performance on July 13, 1985, at the historic Live Aid concert in Philadelphia, then continued to record throughout the 1980s and 1990s. In 1996, he starred alongside Stephanie Mills in the touring production of the gospel musical Your Arms Too Short to Box with God. In 1998, Pendergrass released his autobiography entitled, Truly Blessed.

In 2006, Pendergrass announced his retirement from the music business. In 2007, he briefly returned to performing to participate in Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities, a 25th anniversary awards ceremony that marked Pendergrass' accident date, but also raised money for his charity, The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, and honored those who helped Pendergrass since his accident.

In 2009, Pendergrass underwent colon cancer surgery and had difficulty recovering. He died on January 13, 2010, at age 59, while hospitalized at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia


You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration

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Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy! Live in '79

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Editorial Review: The only live DVD capturing Teddy Pendergrass in his prime!

Recorded close to the release of the landmark Teddy album and his first solo hit single, "Close The Door," Teddy! Live In ’79 captures the magic and the heat of this mighty soulman’s legendary live performances. In addition to his solo material, Teddy also performs a medley of his biggest Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes hits and belts out a soulful cover of Eric Carmen’s "All By Myself," which has never appeared on a Teddy Pendergrass release until now.


Life Is A Song Worth Singing
Only You
All By Myself
Medley: If You Don’t Know Me By Now / The Love I Lost / Bad Luck/ Wake Up Everybody
Easy, Easy, Got To Take It Easy
Close The Door
When Somebody Loves You Back
Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose


Profiles: Teddy Pendergrass
Interviewer Mickey Burns talks to Teddy in the singer’s home near Philadelphia.


Turn off the Lights

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Teddy Pendergrass: Live in '82

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Editorial Review: Taped at London s Hammersmith Odeon in 1982, this spectacular concert showcases Teddy at the peak of his powers. Performing hits from his four platinum albums Teddy Pendergrass, Life Is A Song Worth Singing, Teddy and TP the R&B legend delights the London crowd with energetic soul stompers and steamy serenades. The concert concludes with a rousing rendition of Reach Out And Touch (Somebody s Hand), as Teddy is joined onstage by an adorable chorus of London schoolchildren.

Long sought-after by fans because it the most complete archival concert ever captured on video tape, containing Love T.K.O., Turn Off the Lights, Close the Door, and other huge hits.

Track Listing:
1. Medley: I Don t Love You Anymore / The More I Get, The More I Want / You Can t Hide From Yourself
2. Love T.K.O.
3. Lady
4. Where Did All The Loving Go
5. Come Go With Me
6. Close The Door
7. Turn Off The Lights
8. Only You
9. Reach Out And Touch (Somebody s Hand)

Bonus Performances:
10. I Can t Live Without Your Love
11. You re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration
12. The Whole Town s Laughing At Me


You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration (Re-Recorded / Remastered)

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