Thursday, January 14, 2010

RIP Teddy Pendergrass 3/6/50 - 1/13/10

Legendary singer Teddy Pendergrass, dead after a long illness at age 59, spent his last 28 years in a wheelchair, left to wonder what life might have been like had a car crash not completely altered his destiny.

Before the crash, Pendergrass was one of the most electric and successful figures in music. He established a new era of R&B with an explosive, raw voice that symbolized masculinity, passion and the joys and sorrow of romance in songs such as "Close the Door," "It Don't Hurt Now," "Love T.K.O." and other hits that have since become classics.

USA Today

Teddy Pendergrass is the man. His voice immediately grabs the your attention and it demands that you pay attention to the message it carries. I love rap music like a brother, but I have more R&B music from the 60's, 70's, and 80's on my hard drive. I think that musicians during the aforementioned time periods had more respect for their craft. When music with a message is combined with live instrumentation, the results are timeless. Teddy Pendergrass' music falls into the timeless category. Although he has passed on, his music and influence on other musicians will never disappear.