RIP Teddy Pendergrass

It took me a couple of days to gather my thoughts about the late Teddy Pendergrass.

When I heard about his death, which happened Jan. 13, I felt a little shock.

I knew he was having health issues, but I didn’t realize how bad he was doing. I didn’t even know he was diagnosed with colon cancer in August.

I remember when he was paralyzed in a car accident in 1982, and I remember seeing more recent photos of him in 2001 performing at the Beacon Theater in New York.

My favorite Teddy Pendergrass song is “I Don’t Love You Anymore.” That song was his first charting single on Billboard’s Hot 100 back in 1977. It peaked at No. 41, just missing the Top 40, but that song ruled in my mind. It was the catalyst for his followup, “Close the Door,” which took the top slot on the Billboard’s R&B charts for two weeks and sold more than 500,000 copies.

Goodbye Teddy. You will be missed.

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