Teddy Pendergrass has passed away after long illness

Teddy Pendergrass died January 13th in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized for months for cancer surgery.

Teddy Pendergrass started singing gospel music in Philadelphia churches as a child. By his late teens, Pendergrass was the drummer for local vocal group the Cadillacs, and in the late ’60s, the Cadillacs merged with more established group, Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. In 1970, when the Blue Notes broke up, Harold Melvin asked him to take the lead singer spot. Beginning with “I Miss You,” a steady stream of hit singles flowed from the collaboration of Pendergrass and Gamble & Huff: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” …

… ” “The Love I Lost,” “Bad Luck,” “Wake Up Everybody”, and two gold albums, To Be True and Wake Up Everybody.

However, friction soon developed between Melvin and Pendergrass due to that Pendergrass felt that he wasn’t getting enough recognition. Around 1976, Pendergrass left Melvin’s Blue Notes and formed his own Blue Notes, featuring Teddy Pendergrass. Eventhough, Pendergrass was continuously very successful with several gold or platinum albums, our favourite era of his career came to an and at this time. Wake up Everybody is the absolute peak and a blazing milestone in the history of r&b and Philly soul.

Rest in peace, Teddy. We’ll miss you, miss you, miss you…

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