RIP Teddy Pendergrass

This video documents one of Teddy Pendergrass final performances, when he appeared as part of the amazing PBS special “Philly Soul in Atlantic City” in 2008. Teddy first thanks the label and the fans, and launches his signature “Close the Door.”

His deep voice was first heard on Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes’ hits such as “Bad Luck,” “The Love I Lost” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now.” Before he was paralyzed in a car accident in the early 80s, Teddy Pendergrass was THE black sex symbol, and it was well known that women would hurl panties at him on stage.

As Producer Kenny Gamble told the Associated Press yesterday “He had about 10 platinum albums in a row, so he was a very, very successful recording artist and as a performing artist, he had a tremendous career ahead of him, and the accident sort of got in the way of many of those plans.”

His son Teddy II thanked the fans and accurately stated that “his music will live on.”

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes: “Wake Up Everybody”

Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes: “If You Don’t Know Me By Now”

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