Philly’s Teddy Pendergrass

January 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.”

MP3: Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes- Wake Up Everybody

MP3: Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes-If You Don’t Know Me by Now

One of my favorites, from 1979:

MP3: Teddy Pendergrass- Come Go With Me

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.



  1. Thanks for the Pendergrass “Get Down” tune. That rocks! Booty shakin’ classic! I love that stuff! Reminds me of the Marvin Gaye tune “Got to Give It Up” which is another favorite. Funk it up, bro!

  2. I actually thought the exact same thing- it has the same party chatter in the background, which is pretty effective. His “Wake Up Everybody” also reminds me of Marvin’s Mercy Mercy Me (The Ecology). Here’s a great edit of “Wake Up” : http://www.zshare.net/audio/71294400af68e3e5/

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