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January 15, 2010 |
Teddy Pendergrass, the soul singer who combined hyper-romantic love songs with a virile, sexy stage presence to become the quintessential R&B boudoir crooner before a 1982 car accident left him paralyzed, died Wednesday in his native Philadelphia. He was 59. Pendergrass, best known for the sandpaper voice behind the 1972 hit "If You Don't Know Me By Now" while he was with Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, had undergone colon cancer surgery last year and had been in declining health ever since, his son, Teddy Pendergrass II, said in a statement.
April 25, 1989 |
Simply Red's Mick Hucknall was buried Sunday night. The English singer has a fairly delicate, soulful tenor that's elegantly showcased on the band's albums, particularly on songs like the Harold Melvin oldie "If You Don't Know Me by Now" and Simply Red's biggest hit, the ballad "Holding Back the Years." But if you went to the Roxy to savor the subtleties of Hucknall's voice, you were out of luck. The six instrumentalists of the English white-soul band, concluding a sold-out, four-night run, simply overwhelmed lead singer Hucknall.
May 27, 1990 |
Check the pages that follow for some monster acts, Which include, at the keyboard, Emanuel Ax. The man from Margaritaville returns to L.A., Plus Oingo Boingo and Mel Torme. There'll be "The War Against Women" and Simon Rattle, "Speed-the-Plow," "Rumors," and Kathleen Battle. The "Man of La Mancha" with Marilyn McCoo, And at Garden Grove Shakespeare, that play, "Much Ado." Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes are back on the scene, Who's this Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens?
January 15, 2010 |
Perhaps it's fitting that music critics often characterized the fervid baritone of soul music icon Teddy Pendergrass, who died from colon cancer on Wednesday at 59, as having the metaphoric power of an earthquake -- rumbling, potent, vital. Two days ago, a catastrophic earthquake struck the island nation of Haiti, leaving in its wake incomprehensible tragedy mingled with everyday stories of heroic acts of courage. Pendergrass, whose mainstream commercial career declined in the aftermath of a 1982 spinal cord injury resulting from an automobile accident, spent the last two decades living out his own version of resilience in the face of tragedy.
August 1, 2000
Celebrities attending the Republican National Convention in Philadelphia. The Delfonics, R&R group Lee Greenwood, recording star best known for the song "Proud to Be an American." The Billy Jolly Choir, Philadelphia gospel ensemble. Philadelphia Boys' Choir. Regular Joe, a rock act featuring U.S. Rep. Joe Scarborough (R-Fla.) The Rock of the World Wrestling Federation. Brooks and Dunn, country music duo. Harold Melvin's Blue Notes, Philadelphia recording artists.
March 25, 1995 |
*** 1/2 Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes featuring Teddy Pendergrass, "If You Don't Know Me by Now," Columbia Legacy. In the late '70s and early '80s, Pendergrass ruled the R&B roost with his potent ballads. But those records pale next to his earlier work with the Melvin group, which gave us some of the best R&B of that decade. * 1/2 Aretha Franklin, "Unforgettable: A Tribute to Dinah Washington," Columbia Legacy.