Thursday, January 14, 2010

RIP Teddy Pendergrass...

Diverting away from track & field for just a moment, Teddy Pendergrass, one of the most successful R&B singers of the 1970s and ’80s, passed away on January 13th after a battle with colon cancer. He was 59.

Pendergrass was diagnosed with cancer last year and had a difficult time recovering from surgery; he died at Bryn Mawr Hospital outside of his native Philadelphia.

The five-time Grammy-nominated singer had chart-topping hits in three different decades with 1978’s “Close the Door,” 1988’s “Joy” and 1991’s “It Should’ve Been You,” plus well-known songs like “Love TKO,” “Two Hearts” with Stephanie Mills and “Hold Me,” a duet with Whitney Houston that featured on Houston’s 1985 debut album.

Here's a video from his days with the group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes:

The full story can be read here, courtesy Rolling Stone magazine.

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