Truly Blessed by Teddy PendergrassA singer whose voice epitomized the Sound of Philadelphia and whose platinum records transcend genres, Teddy Pendergrass is a legend. First as lead singer with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (If You Dont Know Me by Now, The Love I Lost, Wake Up Everybody), then in his sizzling solo career (Close the Door, Turn Off the Lights, Love T.K.O.), Teddy proved he was a singular talent. In 1982, at the height of success, 31-year-old Teddy Pendergrass seemed invincible. Then, late one night on a winding Philadelphia road, Teddys life changed forever. His car crashed, and he was left quadriplegic with limited use of his arms and without, it seemed, a future. Against all odds, though, Teddy miraculously returned: to the concert stage at Live Aid in 1985, to the top of the charts with Joy in 1988, and to the millions of fans around the world who will always love the romantic, charismatic man they call the Teddy Bear. Here, for the first time, Teddy tells the whole story.
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Life-changing accidents are commonplace among spinal cord injury survivors, but few have tumbled from the heights that Teddy Pendergrass achieved and had to pick themselves up with the whole world watching. With a mansion, a Rolls Royce, a Lear jet and crowds of swooning female followers, he seemed inseparable from his Teddy Bear image. Then the brakes on his Rolls failed and a C spinal cord injury abruptly ended his career—or so it seemed. Over the years, though, he has battled back, recording gold albums, appearing on awards shows, Leno and Arsenio, all the major morning TV shows, as well as participating in several entreprenurial ventures. Now, in his 20th year as a quadriplegic, Pendergrass has returned to his first love—performing onstage—and yes, the Teddy Bear still has the magic. TP mounted his first full-scale concert, post-injury, at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City on Memorial Day , fittingly close to the scene of his first big break.
Truly Blessed is the 11th studio album by R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass, released in March on the Elektra label. Four tracks were produced by Pendergrass, with four of the tracks produced "She Knocks Me Off My Feet" ( Teddy Pendergrass, Terry Price) - ; "It Should've Been You" (Pendergrass, Price) -
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His began his career in as a drummer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and eventually transitioned to a successful solo singing career. A tragic car crash on March 18, left him paralyzed, and he eventually passed away on January 13, due to respiratory failure. He was raised solely by his mother, Ida Pendergrass, because his father Jesse left the family prior and was then murdered when his son was only twelve years old. The young Pendergrass never knew what he was missing, however, because he and his mom had the support of a large extended family. Ida raised Pendergrass, her only child, in a very religious household. The two of them made the Glad Tidings Tabernacle Church their second home. By the age of three, he was singing gospel selections in front of the congregation of Glad Tidings.