Thursday, January 14, 2010
R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass
He was the soulful baritone who got women so excited, they would go into a frenzy. Reportedly women threw undergarments, keys, and other personal items onto the stage when he performed.
Philadelphia’s own Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass, Sr. has exited the planet at the age of 59.
He started out as drummer for The Cadillacs. When that group later merged with the soul band “Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes,” Teddy’s true talents as a vocalist emerged.
If you never experienced the sound of Philadelphia (TSOP) from this band... here is a sample featuring Teddy:
He later went on to meteoric success as a soloist. Many felt that Teddy was on the verge of major crossover success. As you can see in the video below, he had women of all demographics watching him, completely mesmerized:
In 1982, a tragic automobile accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. That didn’t stop Teddy from performing, and he kept working up until his retirement in 2006... but reportedly remained active fund raising for charity and other pursuits.
More on the life of this great musician at Variety and The Wall Street Journal.