Happy Birthday Mr TEDDY PENDERGRASS!!!
Not since Wilson Pickett, David Ruffin, Eddie Levert or Marvin Junior (The Dells) that you had a vocalist that not only commanded your attention but demanded it. No compromise..No begging or whining..TP laid the law and that was all there was to it (which led him to eventually be the first to introduce the concept of an all ladies show). In that same sense, he was also able to balance deliver vulnerability that of a Al Green, Marvin Gaye or Eddie Kendricks. He sang to the women from a man’s perspective with an urgency that put him in a class of his own. He was the last of what I like to call the “Grown Man vocalist”. Happy Birthday to Philly’s own Mr THEODORE DeREESE PENDERGRASS!!!