Teddy Pendergrass was unquestionably one of the greatest male vocalists in the genre of R&B. Initially the drummer for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, his voice is featured on their hits “Bad Luck,” “Where Are All My Friends,” “Be For Real” and “Wake Up Everybody.

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Throughout his solo career, he dropped gems like “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” “Close The Door,” “Turn Off the Lights,” and “Joy.”

When I spoke to him in the latter 90s, he talked about his then new album “You and I”; rekindling a working relationship with Stephanie Mills while doing “Your Arms to Short to Box with God”; his book “Truly Blessed”; working with Harold Melvin; and his thoughts on R&B.



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