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Teddy Pendergrass Dead at Age 59

January 14, 2010 4:53 PM | R&B | Comments (1)

Soul Singer Teddy Pendergrass died yesterday in Philadelphia at the age of 59.  He was battling colon cancer and had surgery 8 months ago but was unable to recover.

The soul singer had suffered a spinal cord injury from a car accident in 1982 and was paralyzed from the waist down. He spent 6 months in a hospital however; 1 year later recorded the album "Love Language."

Teddy Pendergrass started as a drummer and in 1969 joined Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.  By 1971 he become the face and voice of the group and signed with legendary producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff at Philadelphia International Records.

Teddy Pendergrass went solo in 1976 and became the first black male singer in history to record five consecutive multi-platinum albums.

For more information about Teddy Pendergrass visit

Teddy perform (live) 'Close The Door'

Teddy performs (live) 'When Somebody Loves You Back


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RIP Teddy! Your songs will live forever!

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