Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass

After years of success as the lead singer for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, in 1977 Teddy Pendergrass struck out on his own. He smartly re-signed with Philadelphia International Records and employed the winning production team of Gamble and Huff to maintain the quality of the Blue Notes recordings with their liberal use of horns, strings and backing vocals. He immediately scored with “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” a brisk, uptempo tune that immediately proved he had lost nothing in the transition. Pendergrass is a brilliantly volatile singer, able to take his rasp to desperate heights without sacrificing nuance. While a surefire Ladies Man, Pendergrass never let bravado get the best of him and his best tracks, the powerful ballad “The Whole Town’s Laughing At Me,” the relaxed and smooth “Easy, Easy Got to Take It Easy,” the honest and telling “You Can’t Hide from Yourself,” and “The More I Get, The More I Want” reveal a first class soul singer able to handle a variety of material and make it his own. 

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