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A Louisville Native Remembers Teddy Pendergrass

A Louisville Native Remembers Teddy Pendergrass

by Sherlene Shanklin

WHAS11.com

Posted on January 14, 2010 at 12:31 AM

Updated Sunday, Jan 17 at 4:12 AM

 

 

 

 

When I found out that Teddy Pendergrass had passed away I tried to find a local angle.  I contacted Smoke E. Digglera, one third of the critically acclaimed R& B trio Playa.  Smoke simply said in his statement "Just like his song, he was definitely "My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration."  Pendergrass to some was considered R&B's sex symbol in the 1970s and '80s with his forceful, masculine voice and passionate love ballads and later became an inspirational figure after suffering a devastating car accident that left him paralyzed.  According to his son, Teddy Pendergrass II, his father died at a hospital in suburban Philadelphia. The son went on to say Pendergrass underwent colon cancer surgery eight months ago and had a difficult recovery. Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the waist down in the 1982 car accident. He spent six months in a hospital but returned to recording the next year with the album "Love Language."He returned to the stage at Live Aid in 1985, performing from his wheelchair.  Pendergrass's most memorable ballads "I Miss You," "Bad Luck," "Wake Up Everybody," "If You Don't Know Me By Now""The More I Get the More I Want,"  "Close the Door" "I Don't Love You Anymore," and "Turn Off the Lights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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