Teddy Pendergrass Dies at Age 59

R&B Legend Teddy Pendergrass, known for love ballads such as “Love TKO”, and “Turn of the Lights” has died after a lengthy illness according to publicist Lisa Barbaris.

His family did not reveal details about his illness, but said it was related to complications from a 1982 car accident, Barbaris said. Pendergrass was left paralyzed from the accident.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa. Pendergrass affectionately known as “Teddy”  started in music with a group called the Cadillacs in the late 1960s and was still with the group when it merged with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

Pendergrass started as a drummer, but soon began to sing lead after the group heard his powerful voice.

In 1972, Pendergrass’ baritone could be heard on the classic Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes song “If You Don’t Know Me by Now.” The song became a No. 1 hit across the country and led Pendergrass to many other hits and accolades.

After going solo, Pendergrass received several Grammy nominations, Billboard’s 1977 Pop Album New Artist Award and an American Music Award for best R&B performer of 1978, Barbaris said.

In 1982, Pendergrass was involved in a car accident that left him paralyzed. But Pendergrass returned to the studio in 1984 in his wheelchair to record an album.

Excerpts Courtesy of CNN.

Think I better let her go…

Yeah do that…

This is where Teddy KILLED them…

Turn ’em off!

You know it…

Teddy had something for every emotion…

Know what I mean?

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes…

Teddy and Stephanie…

Another duet with Stephanie…

Is it?

Ain’t this the truth?

7 Responses to “Teddy Pendergrass Dies at Age 59”

  1. Temple3 says:

    The hits just keep on comin’. RIP.

    I will always appreciate his legacy for putting a masculine voice back into music. His was one of the most powerful voices that expressed the fullness of the male ethos in a dynamic way. Rough, but never too rough — and definitely never too soft.

    So many songs…so many memories.

  2. eric daniels says:

    I remember when our T.V. went out in 1979 my mother who was a major “Teddy Bear” fan played the self-titled album every night before we went to bed and It got on my nerves listening to all those classics at 13 y.o. lolol I was so glad on August 5th when we got our t.v. back but It goes to show how great music can link families. My Mom was a major fan and went to the “ladies only” shows in the late 70’s , Teddy was smooth l and rough. I have seduced many a lady with Teddy P’s songs as I got older.

    Temple you are right , too many great songs and memories, we are losing our classic singers and nobody has taken their place. R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass 1950-2010

  3. Mizzo says:

    It’s surreal here. I added some videos to Ron’s post. I couldn’t add them all. So many.

    RIP Teddy P.

    I just saw him coming home from the Sixers game a couple of months back. He was rolling in a Phantom.

    This hits close to home fo sho.

  4. My father and Teddy went to the same high school (Thomas Edison) and he would tell me how this man could sing and win every talent show the school gave. As I got older I learned for myself the power of his music.
    “Come Go With Me” was a favorite because I was amazed how he just talked this woman out of the bar and into his car. And she wasn’t drunk.

    Now that’s Big Pimpin’.

  5. KevDog says:

    I only have one thing to say about this sad, sad occurance….

    RIP Teddy, we miss you already.

  6. sankofa says:

    @ Temple3…”I will always appreciate his legacy for putting a masculine voice back into music.”

    My wife and I always talk about him and Bob Marley were two of the last masculine men that both women and men were drawn to. Today we don’t have that masculine male image, courtesy of the pimps in the record industry. Just effeminate girlie men or thug buffoons and parodies of real men, flexing and clowning, as if they expect us to take them seriously.

    Journey home well brother!

  7. HarveyDent says:

    RIP Teddy P

    My family and I were living in Philly during his heyday and being a ten-year old boy I didn’t understand the fuss probably because I was into Hall & Oates more at the time. As I got older though and understood the power a self-assured man possesses not just over the ladies but in life I became a huge fan. His accident, while ultimately tragic, showed his true character and the cut ‘In My Time’ is still a touchstone for me.

    Peaceful journey, Teddy Bear. Hopefully, I’ll make that concert that you, the King of Pop, the Godfather of Soul, and Brother Bob are having.