Philly’s Teddy PendergrassJanuary 14, 2010
Famous in the 70s as the lead singer of inaccuractly-named Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes, Gamble & Huff‘s most famous act. He went solo in 1977, still with Gamble & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records and gained popularity for his bedroom soul hits.
A car accident in 1982 (on Lincoln Drive of course) left him in a wheelchair, much similar to Curtis Mayfield, whose life also had a very similar fate.
Pendergrass went back on the road in 2001 saying to the ladies in the audience, “Don’t let the wheelchair fool you. I’m still a lover.”
One of my favorites, from 1979:
Of course, he had the funk. Surprisingly, this gem is the B-side to the 1978 single Close the Door:
MP3: Teddy Pendergrass- Get Down, Get Funky (Leftside Wobble Edit, 320 kbs)
Teddy had many, many more hits spanning 4 decades. See his extensive discography here. RIP Teddy Pendergrass.