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Teddy Pendergrass

Theodore DeReese "Teddy" Pendergrass, Sr. 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 after he jumped from the rear of a stage and started singing his heart out. Months later the group signed with Gamble & Huff on the then-CBS subsidiary Philadelphia International Records in 1972. The Blue Notes had hits such as "I Miss You," "Bad Luck," "Wake Up Everybody," the two million seller "If You Don't Know Me By Now" and many more. Following personality conflicts between Melvin and Pendergrass, 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)

ARTICLE: FILM REVIEWS

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me

Read "Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me" reviewed by Jakob Baekgaard

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me A film by Olivia Lichtenstein BBC Films / Wasted Talent / Storyvault Films / Tempo Entertainment2019 “The Love I Lost," “I Miss You," “If You Don't Know Me By Now," “Bad Luck" and “Wake Up." These are all unforgettable hits by Harold Melvin & ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Braxton Brothers: Higher

Read "Higher" reviewed by Jim Trageser

It's interesting how certain musical styles become punching bags for the critics. Disco grew out of R&B and funk in the mid-1970s--yet by 1979 it was so despised in many quarters that the Chicago White Sox had a near-riot on their hands when they opened Comiskey Park for “Disco Demolition Night" during a double-header against the ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

The Young Philadelphians: Live in Tokyo

Read "Live in Tokyo" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Ah, The Sound of jny: Philadelphia. For folks lucky enough to grow up in or around the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection in the mid-to late-1970s (I'm one), the very phrase resounds with memories, most emanating from Sigma Sound Studios on North 12th Street: Thick yet clear arrangements, pumping and thumping basslines and rhythms, ...

ARTICLE: FROM THE INSIDE OUT

From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB

Read "From Microtones to Mauro to MFSB" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Dave Fiuczynski Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! RareNoise Records 2016 Simultaneously dedicated to 20th century classical composer Olivier Messiaen and legendary rap and hip-hop producer J Dilla, Flam! Blam! Pan-Asian Microjam! is a musical adventurer's dream and a purist's nightmare. But anything more conventional from conceptualist, composer and guitarist ...

ARTICLE: ALBUM REVIEWS

Roberto Magris: Ready for Reed

Read "Ready for Reed" reviewed by Edward Blanco

Alto saxophonist Sam Reed is legend in the Philadelphia jazz scene who was leader of the 1950s band, Sam Reed and the All-Stars, worked uptown theatre for a while, performed with pop and R&B stars and served as the musical director for Teddy Pendergrass just to mention a few highlights from his long musical resume . ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Vocalist Sherry Wilson Butler @ Kennett Sq. PA Flash On Wed. May 1st!

Vocalist Sherry Wilson Butler @ Kennett Sq. PA Flash On Wed. May 1st!

Appearing at Kennett Flash — 102 Sycamore Alley in Kennett Square — on Wednesday, May 1st is singer Sherry Wilson Butler. Tickets are $10, $5 for students and are available only at the door. Showtime is 7:30. Information: 215-517-8337. Sherry Wilson Butler is a singer, entertainer, development teacher/coach, music educator, lyricist, event-programming specialist, educational administrator, actress, ...

NEWS: OBITUARY

Statement from Gamble & Huff of Passing of Nick Ashford

Statement from Gamble & Huff of Passing of Nick Ashford

Joint Statement from Legendary R&B Production Team Kenneth Gamble & Leon Huff on Passing of Nick Ashford of Legendary Songwriting Duo Ashford & Simpson Ashford produced Gamble & Huff smash “I'm Gonna Make You Love Me" for Motown; Ashford & Simpson were key link between Motown Sound and Sound of Philadelphia Philadelphia: “Nick Ashford was truly ...

ARTICLE: INTERVIEWS

Quentin Moore: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Read "Quentin Moore: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Much has been recently written about the “graying" of jazz and the audience who listens to it, young musicians seem to continually discover (and rediscover) its enduring value--and not just the value of jazz as its own standalone genre, but the benefit of incorporating aspects of jazz, such as improvisation and arrangement, into music of every ...

NEWS: PERFORMANCE / TOUR

Jazz Bridge Presents Sherry Wilson Butler and her Tribute to Nina Simone at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on April 14th

Jazz Bridge is proud to present Sherry Wilson Butler and her heartfelt tribute to Nina Simone at the Mt. Airy Presbyterian Church on Thursday April 14th. With her will be pianist Barry Sames, bassist Steve Beskrone, and drummer Anwar Marshall. One show: 7:30-9PM. Tickets: $10/$5 for students. No advance sales. Free Refreshments! For info: 215-517-8337 A ...


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