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Teddy Pendergrass: Your memories of the soul singer

Teddy Pendergrass
Teddy Pendergrass performed a concert tour in 2001

Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass has died at the age of 59 following "a difficult recovery" from colon cancer surgery, his son has told the AP news agency. Teddy Pendergrass II said his father had died at a hospital in Philadelphia.

He was paralysed from the waist down in a 1982 car accident. In 2001, he went on his first tour since the accident.

Here are some of your comments and memories of the soul singer.


My love goes out to the Pendergrass family. R.I.P Mr Teddy P thank you for all your music and especially for the album - A little more magic. It means so much to me. May god bless you.
Willy Townsend, USA

What a loss to the music industry. I grew up on his love songs and lived by them. His voice was so soothing and beautiful. My sympathy to the family
Ingrid van Schalkwyk, Cape Town, South Africa

As a young man in my teens I got attracted to his music through his voice when I first heard "Don't leave me this way" and since then I have been a fan. In 1982 when I heard of his accident which left him paralysed it was a heartache for me but I always thank God he didn't die then. He's lived close to 28 years after that. TP's ballads are just breath taking "It's you I love", "It's time for love", "Love T K O" and the many others wow, wow, wow. TP and for that matter his voice lives on. May his SOULFUL soul rest in peace.
Tony kuhlor, Accra, Ghana

I have been a fan of his since I was a young man. When he sang you felt like you were competing with him for your lady's attention. It's true even today. Godspeed!
Gary Crawford, United States

I remember the love songs... I remember the power in Teddy's voice when he sang and the duets with Stephanie Mills... he was appreciated and loved for the gift he shared with us.
Ruth Sherman, Dallas, USA

Teddy Pendergrass is one of the reasons I am a musician, it was artists like this who reminded me where I came from in this music thing. Teddy will be greatly missed. To his family, may you be blessed with all the love he shared with others through his music
Xery, West Hartford, CT, USA

"Joy" was one of the best albums that I have ever heard. It really was full of Joy as was Teddy. He will be very much missed.
Andrew, Cardiff, Wales

One of the unsung heroes of RB music. I would put him in the same class as Marvin Gaye. May his soul rest in peace.
Femi, London

Teddy Pendergrass I truly enjoyed your music, it was soulful and it tugged at your heart strings. Thanks for the memories T Pendergrass.
Keith Forde, Bridgetown, Barbados

Sad news. Teddy Pendergrass had one of the truly great soul voices. The Bluenotes version of 'Don't leave me this way' is a genuine classic. RIP.
Martin Gray, Pocklington, UK

Having grown up listening to all of the great Soul and R&B singers, I'm extremely sad to hear of Teddy's death. As the years go by, we seem to lose more and more singers with his talent and almost no-one arrives to replace them. Rest in peace and thanks for your music.
Christopher Smith, London, UK

He was for me one of the greatest solo singers of our time. Personally l feel a sense of loss, which I can't possibly convey in words. You were to me the best there was. I liked him as l did his music. May your soul rest in perfect peace brother. Bye bye Teddy.
Mustapha, Abuja, Nigeria

He was by far the star of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. Wake Up Everybody is one of the most inspirational tunes and his voice is perfect on it. His music will live on.
Todder, London, UK

I was really sad to hear of the passing of Teddy Pendergrass. He had one of the all time great soul voices, the opening to "Wake up everybody" still sends a shiver down the spine. I also remember seeing him deliver "The Whole Town's Laughing at Me" on the American "Soul Train" TV programme, he was dripping in sweat and the women in the crowd were going crazy! Rest in peace Teddy.
Fank Ashby, Northampton, England

Teddy was an iconic musician... I grew up listening to his music and soulful music... I pray he rests in peace.
Agun 'wale Ayodeji, Lagos, Nigeria

One of if not THE voice of Philly soul. One of a group of all-time great soulmen. Along with the likes of Marvin Gaye, Lou Rawls, Wilson Pickett and Luther Vandross provided the soul track to our lives.
Barry, London, UK

I've loved his music since I was a kid (I'm 41 now). I loved "close the door" and thought it was very sexy! I bought the CD as an adult to relive my childhood love of his music and I still listen to it often.
Teri, Keighley, West Yorkshire

I always remember my first meeting with my American half brother and sisters in Philadelphia. As I walked through the door, Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes album was playing on the stereo and I heard this voice singing sweet melodies. After the introductions, I couldn't wait to look at the album cover to see who the singer was and the name stuck in my head from thereon in.
Bruce, Chertsey, UK

My fondest memory of Teddy is that "If you don't know me by know" was our first dance at our wedding in 1989 - still very much married and often play that song to remember the good times.
Trish Beharry, Middlesex, England

The king of silky soul will be missed so much. He was the background to all my canoodling when I was a teenager and added to my success in that area. He had a voice I would have died for and although you knew it was soul music it was so different from everything else, it was unique. Without him we wouldn't have had Theopolis P Wildebeeste, who reminded me so much of Teddy, as Teddy made love during all songs and for a young man saying "turn out the lights" and his references to the "applying of oil" was music to my ears quite literally. Teddy was a soul man who felt everything he sang and made me feel it to. Thanks Teddy for all your music and you have always been in my heart and opened my ears to such wonderful music and passion within that music, gonna miss you.
Chris, Northampton



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