Theodore “Teddy” DeReese Pendergrass aka TEDDY PENDERGRASS has passed away at 9:59pm tonight on January 13 age 59 at Bryn Mawr Hospital, located in Newtown Square, PA. The soul singer had been suffering from a rare illness associated with his paralysis and was hospitalized since August of 2009.
Teddy Pendergrass was born to Ida Geraldine Epps and the late Jesse Pendergrass. Pendergrass’s career began when he was a drummer for The Cadillacs, which soon merged with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. Melvin invited Pendergrass to become the lead singer of the group.
Pendergrass launched a solo career and released hit singles like “The More I Get the More I Want,” “Close the Door,” “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” “Turn Off the Lights” and others. His first solo album was self titled Teddy Pendergrass (1977), followed by Life is a Song Worth Singing (1978), Live Coast to Coast and Teddy (1979), 1980’s TP and the final Philadelphia International Records album It’s Time for Love (1981) . He also sang a duet with Whitney Houston on “Hold Me,” from her self-titled debut album.
Our prayers go out to his family. He will be deeply missed.