Teddy Pendergrass, Philadelphia Soul Singer, RIP

Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass, Sr. (March 26, 1950– January 13, 2010), the R&B singer, has died. He was 59 years old. 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. 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).

The vocalist’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, told the Philadelphia Inquirer that his father passed away yesterday in a Philadelphia-area hospital. Pendergrass underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago, and reportedly had a difficult recovery…

Teddy P. was a passionate soul singer and sex symbol in the 80’s who made music that transcends the test of time including but not limited to:

  • “Love TKO”
  • “Close the Door”
  • “You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration”
  • “When Somebody Loves You Back”
  • “Turn Off the Lights”
  • “I Don’t Love You Anymore”
  • “Come Go With Me”
  • “The Whole Town’s Laughing at Me”
  • “Joy”
  • “The More I Get, The More I Want”
  • “Bad Luck” (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
  • “The Love I Lost” (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
  • “Wake Up Everybody” (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
  • “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
  • “Don’t Leave Me This Way” (Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes)
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