Thursday, January 14, 2010

Teddy Pendergrass, 1950-2010. R.I.P.

Philly soul singer Teddy Pendergrass has died of complications from colon cancer surgery. He was 59.

Pendergrass came to stardom in the early 1970s as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. Later in the decade he would embark upon a solo career. That career was nearly derailed by a car accident in 1982 which would leave him paralyzed from the waist down. Yet despite the severity of his injuries he would resume his musical career in 1984 culminating with an appearance at The Live Aid concert in his hometown in Philadelphia the following year. Pendergrass continued to record until a couple of years ago when his health began to decline.

Most people remember Pendergrass best from Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes biggest hit, "If You Don't Know Me By Now."

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