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Teddy Pendergrass: Give Our Legends Their Flowers.

An appreciation post for one of the best R&B kings, ever.

R&B isn’t anything without Teddy Pendergrass. This legend should’ve been celebrated more when he was alive, but oh I have it covered!

Teddy was out here dropping GEMS. Like literally! From his time with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes to his own solo career, Teddy was a sensation in his glory days.

Of course the generations after Teddy were knowledgeable on the KING!

BEFORE AVANT & KEKE, IT WAS TEDDY & STEPHANIE MILLS.

Their duets were ALWAYS fire. If only we could’ve had a duet album from the two!

The 70s:

Albums Released: I Miss You, Black & Blue, To Be True, Wake Up Everybody, Teddy Pendergrass, Life Is a Song Worth Singing, Teddy.

Teddy was the most famous member of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes during the group’s glory days at Philadelphia International Records. Working with the legendary Kenny Gamble & Leon Huff, the group had a wonderful run on the label with Teddy!

Teddy went solo after money disputes with the group. His self titled debut album went platinum and had hits like “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” & “The Whole Town’s Laughing at Me.”

Teddy kept the iron hit throughout the late 70s with his legendary tunes! With hits like “Only You,” “Close The Door,” and “When Somebody Loves You Back” is easily some of his best work.

The hits did not stop there! His sensual 1979 album “Teddy” gave us the quiet storm tunes “Come Go with Me,” & “Turn Off The Lights!” Turn Off The Lights is my favorite Teddy song! It’s erotic, iconic and so damn good!

The 80s:

Albums Released: TP, It’s Time For Love, This One’s For You, Heaven Only Knows, Love Language, Workin’ It Back, Joy.

The TP album is PURE flames! From the cover of Peabo Bryson’s “Feel The Fire” with Stephanie Mills, to Love TKO…Teddy was at a HIGH during this time period.

Tragically, Teddy was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down. His musical came back came with the Love Language, with the hit “Hold Me.” Hold Me is one of my favorite songs, due to the fact that it is the debut single of the late and great Whitney Houston’s career, and they were SINGING!

1988’s “Joy”  gave Teddy his first R&B hit in almost a decade!

The 90s:

Albums Released: Truly Blessed, A Little More Magic, You and I.

Teddy continued to record his final albums throughout the 90s. THE GEMS! 

Teddy tragically passed away in 2010, 4 years after retiring from the music industry.

Teddy Pendergrass will forever be remembered as one of the best R&B crooners EVER. His legacy lives on through the music he blessed us with. His music has gotten me through the toughest of times, and will forever reign supreme. -MJ.

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