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#TheodorePendergrass died Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2010 at #BrynMawrHospital in #Philadelphia due to complications following #coloncancer diagnosis last year.
Teddy’s lover’s stripes were earned back in the ’70s when he worked it as lead in #HaroldMelvin & the #BlueNotes. Soul heads know that Teddy’s smooth transition from Harold Melvin to solo sex symbol is largely thanks to #BerryGordys Philly rivals, #GambleandHuff. The songwriting and producing duo behind Philadelphia International records crafted and massaged Philadelphia soul music until it made outsiders jealous. They mentored, wrote and produced for #TheOJays, #TheJacksons, #PattiLabelle, #PhyllisHyman, #HaroldMelvin and Teddy. Eventually, Teddy and #KennyGamble became so close, their kids grew up together.
Teddy, whom his friends called #TeddyBear, stayed on Philadelphia International from his Harold Melvin days to 1981’s It’s Time For Love.
To Kenny Gamble’s 31-year-old son, a local Philly hip-hop producer named Isa Salahdeen, #Pendergrass was more like “Uncle Teddy.”
Recently before he died, my dad and I went to go see him in the hospital probably four or five times. Him and my dad talked but Teddy he really couldn’t talk, he was like…just moving his lips. And he was telling my dad that he wanted to go home, he wanted to get in the studio, he wanted to get back at it and him and my dad were just sitting there. Uncle Teddy was in the hospital for a long time. That showed me he was fighting, like he really wanted to be here. He was on life support and he had an aid standing next to him all the time. I know the impact this is going to have on people, not just in America but all over the world. His music has touched so many. A lot of people were made from his music. Stuff like #TurnOffTheLights and all that… That was love music back in the day.
He was a strong person. He had a great voice. And I want people to just know that he was a loving person, a loving father, and a loving friend.