Teddy Pendergrass

Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass
(March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010)

Teddy PendergrassBorn and raised in Philadelphia, Teddy Pendergrass initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. After leaving the group over monetary disputes in 1976, Pendergrass launched a successful solo career under the Philadelphia International label, releasing four consecutive platinum albums, then a record for an African-American R&B artist. Pendergrass' career was halted after a near-fatal car crash in March of 1982 that left him paralyzed from the chest down. Pendergrass continued his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007. Pendergrass died from respiratory failure in January 2010.

Song: Love T.K.O.
Album: TP
Released: July 25, 1980

TP is the fourth album by Teddy Pendergrass. It reached No. 14 on the US pop albums chart and No. 3 on the US R&B albums chart.


Song: Close the Door (Live)
Album: Life Is a Song Worth Singing
Released: June 2, 1978

Life Is a Song Worth Singing is the second album by Teddy Pendergrass. It contained two singles: "Only You" and "Close the Door". "Close The Door" reached number one on the US R&B music chart.

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