Soul Music Legend with Personal Story of Paraplegia
Theodore DeReese (Teddy) Pendergrass, Sr. (born March 26, 1950 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is an American soul singer. He was born to Ida Geraldine Epps and the late Jesse Pendergrass. Teddy got his start singing gospel in the church, where he was ordained a minister at the age of 10, and doo wop tunes on the street corners in North Philadelphia where he grew up.
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 jumping 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", and many more. Followed by personality conflicts between Melvin and Pendergrass and a brief stint with Teddy leading a group of Blue Notes, 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 Out The Lights", and more. Pendergrass was the first African-American singer to sell five platinum albums in a row. He also began his practice of ladies-only concerts, for which he remains well-known. On March 18th 1982, in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Pendergrass was paralyzed when the brakes failed on his Rolls-Royce and his car hit a tree. Paralyzed from the chest down with a spinal cord injury, he spent six months in rehabilitation. After completing physical therapy, he continued recording throughout the 1980s and 90s. Pendergrass has published a biography entitled 'Truly Blessed' with Patricia Romanowski.
Hip-Hop Rumors: Chris Brown Crashes Car With Karrueche Tran In It!
I got to admit that when I first heard this and that he was with Karrueche Tran, Teddy Pendergrass popped up in my head. You have to be of a certain pedigree to understand that. Anyway, here are some of the pictures from the incident. It looks like ...
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Those of you into Teddy Pendergrass and old man drinks ought to know that the track's name is a nod to Very Special Old Pale cognac. I mean, comparing your love to a good grade of booze sounds beautiful to me. So clearly I love it, and pray to God that ...
Daft Punk - Random Access Memories Review 
A spiritual successor to the greatest generation of laid-bare R&B, this one strips away the slickly spread guitars and big beautiful drums for a down-tempo number that wouldn't sound at all out of place with Teddy Pendergrass' more tender and patient ...
R&B Superstar Jaheim Returns With a New Album
A vocalist in the tradition of such greats as Teddy Pendergrass and Luther Vandross, he signed with former Naughty By Nature beat man Kay Gee's Devine Mill record label in 2000. Jaheim released three albums over five years: his 2001 debut, Ghetto Love; ...
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