Theodore Pendergrass, 26 March 1950, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Pendergrass joined Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes in 1969, when they invited his group, the Cadillacs, to work as backing musicians. Initially their drummer, Pendergrass had become the featured vocalist within a year. His ragged, passionate interpretations brought distinction to such releases as I Miss You and If You Dont Know Me By Now. Clashes with Melvin led to an inevitable split and in 1976 Pendergrass embarked on a successful solo career, remaining with Philadelphia International Records. His skills were most apparent on slower material, which proved ideal for the singers uncompromisingly sensual approach, which earned him a huge following among women. The Whole Towns Laughing At Me (1977), Close The Door (1978) and Turn Off The Lights (1979) stand among the best of his early work and if later releases were...
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