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.