March 26, 1950-Jan. 13, 2010
A great soul voice silenced.
A distinctive voice from the prolific Philly based Gamble-Huff soul music factory of the 70's, Teddy Pendergrass was best known as the lead vocalist on the big hits from the group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Bad Luck, If You Don't Know Me By Now, and my personal favorite, Love TKO all featured the ballsy, raspy voice that was Teddy Pendergrass's signature.
In 1982, Teddy was involved in a single vehicle accident when the brakes on his Rolls-Royce failed and he smashed into a couple of trees. Teddy was paralyzed from the waist down as a result but continued to record until 2006. He also founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance that was dedicated to helping others with spinal cord injuries.
Death was caused by complications from colon cancer surgery.