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The Essential Teddy Pendergrass

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After fronting Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes through a series of hits that included “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” and “I Miss You,” Teddy Pendergrass quit the group in 1976 and re-emerged as a self-styled ladies’ man who would lead Gamble & Huff’s venerable Philadelphia International label into the Eighties. By 1977, the careers of Philly figureheads like The O’Jays and The Spinners were beginning to wane, but Pendergrass’s voice provided Gamble and Huff with new inspiration. For years, the Philly sound had been marked by pillowy vocalists (Al Green, Marvin Gaye) with their smooth vocal styles. Deep in tone and rough around the edges, Pendergrass’ voice brought unadulterated masculinity back into R&B without sacrificing an inch of vulnerability. The results were electrifying. Pendergrass reinvented the slow jam, taking it not only into the bedroom but under the sheets with songs like “Feel the Fire,” “Close the Door,” “It’s Time For Love,” and “Turn Off the Lights.” Of course, Pendergrass could also start the party and he brought a sense of depth to disco songs like “I Don’t Love You Anymore” and “Life Is A Song Worth Singing.” However, his defining moment is the smoldering “Love T.K.O.,” perhaps the most haunting, intoxicating break-up song ever recorded.

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This album is taking me on a trip down memory lane! Both good and sad. I'm drinking a glass wine and recalling by childhood when my mom and aunts would play cards and listen to Teddy P. Oh how the times were much simpler back then. It took my three tries @ different cd's before i came across this collection. The other, less expensive copies were all remade after... So i had to shell out the big bucks and finally got exactly what i wanted! I hope all of you reading this can appreciate Teddy P as much as i do. Good Listening!

Good memories

When I was younger, we would take trips to San Diego and my mom would have on Kenny Rogers, Anne Murray and Teddy Pendergrass. So I was very sorry to hear about his passing. R.I.P Teddy, you were one of greats!!

One of the greats

I grew up with Teddy Pendergrass' music. It has definitely withstood the test of time. Teddy's voice is one you can feel- really one of the greats.


Born: March 26, 1950 in Kingstree, SC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Teddy Pendergrass started singing gospel music in Philadelphia churches, becoming an ordained minister at ten years old. While attending public school, he sang in the citywide McIntyre Elementary School Choir and in the All-City Stetson Junior High School Choir. A self-taught drummer, Pendergrass had a teen pop vocal group when he was 15. By his late teens, Pendergrass was a drummer for local vocal group the Cadillacs. In the late '60s, the Cadillacs merged with another more established group,...
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The Essential Teddy Pendergrass, Teddy Pendergrass
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  • $16.99
  • Genres: R&B/Soul, Music, Soul, Neo-Soul, Contemporary R&B, Quiet Storm
  • Released: Nov 05, 2007

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