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Philadelphia, United States (1950 – 2010)

Theodore “Teddy” DeReese Pendergrass, Sr. (born March 26, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, died January 13, 2010) was an American Grammy nominated R&B soul singer-songwriter. Pendergrass’ career began when he was a drummer for The Cadillacs, who soon merged with fellow soul band Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. After a stellar early 70s run including the Grammy-nominated hit If You Don’t Know Me By Now, Teddy went solo in 1976. He released a total of fifteen solo studio albums including hits like Love T.K.O.. A car accident in 1982 damaged his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the waist down with limited use of his arms.

His initial rise to stardom occurred under tutelage of producer’s Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff on the then CBS subsidiary Philadelphia International in 1970. 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.


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  • N3t4

    love you <3

    8 Nov 2013 Reply
  • UnfortunatelyGr

    Dream Girl from the Soup For One soundtrack... oh yeah.

    22 Feb 2013 Reply
  • mikesmusic107

    It hurts to hear the recut tracks after Teddy's accident. I don't understand why he did it. Maybe some publishing issue? It just hurts to hear such a strong dominant voice reduced to struggling like that.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Cazweigun

    That voice, man. That voice.

    7 Dec 2012 Reply
  • madeaz

    ♥ RIP ♥

    14 Jul 2012 Reply
  • Paciance

    Musicas de longas noite... adoro te Teddy

    23 Jun 2012 Reply
  • Madnet_Damita

    Teddy ♥

    3 Jun 2012 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

    And if I had someone to love me And if I had someone who really cared I would be the best lover that they ever had ....TeddyP

    16 May 2012 Reply
  • ShiningStar911

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    25 Apr 2012 Reply
  • TCBProject

    RIP TP you still around just ask the o'l lady :-))

    20 Apr 2012 Reply
  • LaMusicLovr

    How is it possible this man never won a competitive Grammy? It's a damned shame!

    15 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Lechusz

    He's my master.

    14 Apr 2012 Reply
  • Alex_psychopaul

    Prince of smooth soul. R.I.M.

    3 Mar 2012 Reply
  • nyzky

    Somehow, I still think that Teddy's still alive :|

    16 Feb 2012 Reply
  • jazzyben

    to crugerrr: Love Technical Knock Out.

    15 Jan 2012 Reply
  • crugerrr

    What is T.K.O.?

    13 Jan 2012 Reply
  • showMeYourList2

    did not know he past away :( Great man, "Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes" is amongst my favorite all time Albums. Specially the songs with Sharon Paige are adorable: You Know How To Make Me Feel So Good and the brilliant Hope That We Can Be Together Soon R.I.P.

    16 Dec 2011 Reply
  • bambu7

    this MAN wasone of the sexy singer's and I mean that with a of my heart....SEXY!!!

    27 Nov 2011 Reply
  • i_love_mangos

    *in nutty professor voice* " DONT HURT EM" TEDDY P" LMAO

    18 Nov 2011 Reply
  • weastcoast

    very good singer!

    22 Sep 2011 Reply
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