Teddy Pendergrass

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Born: March 26, 1950 | Died: January 13, 2010    Primary Instrument: Vocalist

Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass, Sr. career began when he was a drummer for The Cadillacs, which soon merged with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Melvin invited Pendergrass to become the lead singer after he jumped from the rear of a stage and started singing his heart out. Months later the group signed with Gamble & Huff on the then-CBS subsidiary Philadelphia International Records in 1972. The Blue Notes had hits such as “I Miss You,” “Bad Luck,” “Wake Up Everybody,” the two million seller “If You Don't Know Me By Now” and many more. Following personality conflicts between Melvin and Pendergrass, Pendergrass launched a solo career and released hit singles like “The More I Get the More I Want,” “Close the Door,” “I Don't Love You Anymore,” “Turn Off the Lights” and others....
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1977: Teddy Pendergrass (Philadelphia International)
1978: Life Is a Song Worth Singing (Philadelphia International)
1979: Teddy (Philadelphia International)
1979: Live! Coast to Coast (Philadelphia International)
1980: TP (Philadelphia International)
1981: It's Time for Love (Philadelphia International)
1982: This One's for You (Philadelphia International)
1983: Heaven Only Knows (Philadelphia International)
1984: Love Language (Asylum)
1985: Greatest Hits (Philadelphia International)
1985: Workin' It Back (Asylum)
1988: Joy (Elektra)
1991: Truly Blessed (Elektra)
1993: A Little More Magic (Elektra)
1997: You and I (Surefire)
1998: The Best of Teddy Pendergrass (The Right Stuff)
1998: This Christmas I'd Rather Have Love (Surefire/Wind-Up)
2001: Greatest Slow Jams (The Right Stuff)
2002: From Teddy with Love (Razor & Tie)
2004: Love Songs Collection (The Right Stuff)


1977: "I Don't Love You Anymore"
1977: "The Whole Town's Laughing At Me"
1978: "Close the Door"
1978: "Only You"
1979: "Turn Off the Lights"
1979: "Come Go With Me"
1980: "Shout and Scream"
1980: "It's You I Love"
1980: "Can't We Try"
1980: "Love T.K.O."
1981: "Two Hearts" (with Stephanie Mills)
1981: "I Can't Live Without Your Love"
1982: "You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration"
1982: "The Gift of Life" / "Nine Times Out of Ten"
1982: "I Can't Win for Losing"
1983: "I Want My Baby Back"
1984: "Hold Me" (with Whitney Houston)
1984: "You're My Choice Tonight (Choose Me)"
1985: "Never Felt Like Dancin'"
1986: "Love 4/2"
1986: "Let Me Be Closer"
1988: "Joy"
1988: "2 A.M."
1988: "Love Is the Power"
1990: "Glad to Be Alive" (with Lisa Fischer)
1991: "Make It with You"
1991: "It Should've Been You"
1991: "I Find Everything in You"
1993: "Voodoo"
1994: "Believe in Love"
1994: "I'm Always Thinking About You"
1997: "Don't Keep Wastin' My Time"
1997: "Give It to Me"

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