January 14, 2010
RIP Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010)
The music world lost another great this week as Teddy Pendergrass passed away on January 13 from colon cancer.
Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade.
Pendergrass' career began when he was a drummer for The Cadillacs, which soon merged with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Melvin invited Pendergrass to become the lead singer after he jumped from the rear of a stage and started singing his heart out. Months later the group signed with Gamble & Huff on the then-CBS subsidiary Philadelphia International Records in 1972. The Blue Notes had hits such as I Miss You, Bad Luck, Wake Up Everybody, the two million seller If You Don't Know Me By Now and many more. Following personality conflicts between Melvin and Pendergrass, Pendergrass launched a solo career and released hit singles like The More I Get the More I Want, Close the Door,I Don't Love You Anymore, Turn Off the Lights and others.
Our hearts go out to the Pendergrass family.
March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010