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Legend of Teddy Pendergrass

OBV today pays tribute and pays tribute to the life of the legendary RnB singer Teddy Pendergrass who has passed away at the age of 59.

By Richard Sudan

Pendergrass, whose husky baritone style defined the RnB sound for his generation, first shot to fame with Harold Mervin and the blue notes, and became known for classic hits like “If you don’t know me by now” which sold over two million copies.

Striking out in a successful solo career Pendergrass recorded several albums and became the first black male singer to record five consecutive multi-platinum albums in the US.

Following a car accident in the 1980’s Pendergrass became paralysed from the waist down after his spinal cord was damaged. After six months of recovery he was back making music and continued to record for many more years performing at Live Aid in 1985.

He later founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance to help people with spinal cord injuries “achieve their maximum potential in areas of education, employment, housing, productivity and overall independence”.

He is remembered by fans the World over and is survived by his wife, his son, two daughters, his mother and nine grandchildren.

He passed away on Wednesday following a difficult recovery from colon cancer surgery.

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