Teddy Pendergrass was the lead singer with Harold Melvin & the Bluenotes and he died 10 years ago this week.
He was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and formed the group in 1972 and sang on all their big hits including IF You Don’t Know Me By Now, The Love I Lost and Don’t Leave Me This Way. In 1977, he quit the band over money issues and launched a solo career having hits with The Whole Town’s Laughing at Me, the double A sided hit Only You / Close the Door.
In 1982, he stopped recording following a car accident which left him paralysed from the chest. He made a comeback in 1986 which he duetted with Whitney Houston on the song, Hold Me. He retired in 2007 and died three years later.
Let’s enjoy this live recording of their fifth UK hit Wake Up Everybody.