Teddy Pendergrass was a very influential singer that rose to fame in the 1970s. His career would be cut short by a tragic car accident that resulted in him becoming a quadriplegic. He originally started as a member of Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes in 1972. He would soon leave the group and begin his solo career in 1977.
My favorite Teddy Pendergrass songs of all time are “Turn Off the Lights” and “Love T.K.O.” The smooth ballad mixed with Teddy’s raspy baritone voice makes for such great listening. He was regarded as a sex symbol in his own right. Selling out concerts to women of all races, in a time when this wasn’t done. His management team had the idea that they create “women only concerts” to accommodate all the women that were so taken by Teddy. This proved to be a success and it started a new trend that would prove to be profitable for other artists.
He was known for singing duets with other leading female artists such as Whitney Houston and Stephanie Mills. Even after his accident he would continue to record until he officially retired from recording in 2006. The following year he returned to the public eye to do an awards ceremony entitled Teddy 25: A Celebration of Life, Hope & Possibilities. This was to commemorate the 25th anniversary of his accident and to honor those that had helped him since then with his foundation.