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Thursday, January 21, 2010

GIRL6 Remembers Philadelphia's Teddy Bear-The late Teddy Pendergrass

This Friday, January 22, the “Teddy Bear”, Philadelphia’s own Teddy Pendergrass, five- time Grammy nominated recording artist, will be memorialized in a celebration of his life.

We are going to miss that “VOICE”. Yeah like we miss David Ruffin, Eddie Kendrick, Philip Bailey, Billy Eckstine, Lou Rawls, Marvin Gaye, Barry White and though Smokey is still with us we do not hear him often enough and even the likes of an artist popular today like Maxwell…..Teddy had a VOICE. One you couldn’t mistake and never forget once you heard him croon.

There is plenty to hear, too. From The “Wake Up Everybody” and “If You Don’t Know Me By Now” as front man for the mighty Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes to his own solo hits like “Turn Off The Lights”, “ Close The Door”, “I Don’t Love you Anymore” and the various collaborations he sang with Whitney Houston, when she was young and unkown, and Stephanie Mills.

I will never forget that first Teddy LP. It was simply titled “Teddy Pendergrass”. I still know every word of every song. And when I saw that first show he did as a solo artist at the Shubert Theater in Philadelphia- what a show!! It was unforgettable! And featured another new artist associated with Philadelphia venturing out on her own, opening for Teddy---Miss Phyllis Hyman!

I feel so blessed to have seen them both over their careers, live in concert and I will always have them as all time favorites in my record and CD collection. I have all recordings they each made and this legacy, appreciated and loved the world over, will live on forever. The one thing I am grateful for is here in the Philadelphia area, Teddy is played consistently and he was so loved and will be missed.

But that voice will LIVE!

Thanks so very much Teddy for all the “Joy” and rest in peace.