Pour a Lil’ ChokLit Liquor: R.I.P Teddy Pendergrass

On January 13th, 2010, we lost one of the great R&B performers of the genre, Teddy Pendergrass. To the hip hop generation (myself included), Pendergrass was often associated with T-Pain antics (“Teddy Bend-her-ass-down”) and Jaheim, to whose voice many say compares to Teddy’s. His famous song Wake Up Everybody, who he performed alongside his band Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, has been covered many times by other artists, including when it was re-recorded by Babyface for the 2004 Democratic Presidential campaign. Pendergrass also recorded the massive hit, If You Don’t Know Me By Now with his band before splitting from them and going solo.

Once solo, Pendergrass became a renowned sex symbol, performing hit songs Close the Door, Turn off the Lights and my favourite, Love TKO. At the peak of his success, Pendergrass suffered a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down in 1982. This was a fact I had no idea of! Thanks Wikipedia!

Teddy definitely brought the sexy back in his heyday and was one of the founders of R&B sex symbols that we wish we know today. His voice was velvety and smooth with a baritone that make most women clench their loins #toomuchinformation Enjoy my favourite Teddy Pendergrass song Love TKO below. May he rest in peace!


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