Thursday, January 14, 2010

R&B singer Pendergrass dead in Pa. at 59 |

Sad news from Pennsylvania this morning. Teddy Pendergrass, one of the giants of R&B in the 1970's and 1980's, has died of colon cancer. He was 59 years of age.

Teddy began his career as first the drummer, and then the lead singer of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. If I my memory serves me correctly, Teddy left the group for a solo career shortly after an appearance on Dinah Shore's afternoon talk show in the early 1970's. Harold Melvin was delayed for some reason, but the rest of the group appeared- there it was revealed that Harold was not the lead singer of the group, but Teddy was. A rift developed, and Teddy Pendergrass left for a very successful solo career that was going full steam ahead, until he had a car accident in 1982 that left him paralyzed from the waist down and in a wheelchair for the rest of his life.

The musical playlist for this blog leads off with an early hit with the Blue Notes, The Love I Lost.

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Jason said...

Going to add you right now. Take care.


Malcolm said...

Your memory does serve you correctly. I remember seeing Teddy's "Behind the Music" episode and he talked about how Dinah Shore was in a panic because Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were scheduled to perform, but Melvin wasn't there. Teddy calmed her by saying that he was the lead singer.

While writing my post on Teddy, I found your blog when I Googled "Dinah Shore" and "Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes".

Hugh Jee From Jersey said...

Malcolm- Thanks for confirming that "blast from the past" memory- I remembered the story but couldn't remember the source. It was BEHIND THE MUSIC, back in the day when VH-1 was worth watching, and not 24/7 of that unreality reality drivel VIACOM spoon feeds the audience.

I was one of those '70's rockers who never really appreciated "The Philly Sound" until I was much I can't get enough of Teddy, the Blue Notes, The Spinners, The Delfonics, The Three Degrees, all the Gamble and Huff, and Thom Bell contributions from that era....great music, timeless.

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