Teddy Pendergrass Dies At 59
January 14, 2010 at 1:59 PM (PT)
TEDDY PENDERGRASS, who rose to fame as the lead singer of HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES before launching a successful solo career in the 1970s, died WEDNESDAY in PHILADELPHIA at 59.
PENDERGRASS, who had been paralyzed since a 1982 car crash, had been recovering from colon cancer surgery performed eight months ago.
Originally a drummer for the group that became HAROLD MELVIN AND THE BLUE NOTES, PENDERGRASS was the lead voice for "PHILLY Soul" hits like "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "Wake Up Everybody," "Bad Luck," and others. He went solo in 1977 and had a string of hits on his own before his 1982 accident. Continuing to record after being confined to a wheelchair, he returned to live performing at the 1985 LIVE AID concert at JOHN F. KENNEDY STADIUM in PHILADELPHIA.
He retired in 2006, and was honored with a charity concert event on the 25th anniversary of his accident in 2007.
The official public viewing will be held FRIDAY, JAN. 22nd at 10a at ENON TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH, 2800 West Cheltenham Ave., PHILADELPHIA, PA 19150. The funeral will be held SATURDAY, JAN. 23rd at 10a, also at ENON TABERNACLE BAPTIST CHURCH. Internment will follow at WEST LAUREL HILL CEMETERY, BALA CYNWYD, PA.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to THE JOAN & TEDDY PENDERGRASS MEMORIAL, P.O. Box 382, GLADWYNE, PA 19035.