Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass received five consecutive platinum albums and won the Favorite Male Artist Award in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category. He began his career with the group Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes but quickly moved on as a solo artist. He was at the top of his career in the late 1970s, with hits like Close the Door; Only You; and Come Go with Me, and had women swooning everywhere he performed. Pendergrass passed-away in 2010, leaving us with several sultry and sexy love songs.
The following is a list of my top ten favorite songs by Teddy Pendergrass, you can find all these and more on Amazon.
Songs Recorded as a Solo Artist
Turn Off the Lights – The Essential Teddy Pendergrass: This song is slow, soulful, and a definite scorcher! “Let’s take a shower, shower together, I’ll wash your body if you wash mine. Rub me down with some hot oil baby and I’ll do the same thing to you, just turn off the lights…”
Close the Door - The Essential Teddy Pendergrass: At the pinnacle of his career the name “Teddy Pendergrass” was synonymous with sex and this song is just one of many the reasons why.
“Close the door, let me give you what you’ve been waiting for, Baby I’ve got so much love to give and I want to give it all to you… I've waited all day long, just to hold you in my arms and it's exactly like I thought it would be; me lovin' you and you lovin' me…Close the door baby…”
Come Go With Me – The Essential Teddy Pendergrass: The song is alluring and seductive; this tune can definitely set the ‘mood.’
“Let’s take a sip of some cold, cold wine and dance to the music nice and slow, you won’t be under any kind of pressure, we can just let the evening flow…”
I Don’t Love You Anymore – The Best of Teddy Pendergrass: This fast paced song makes you feel like getting-up and dancing.
“I don't love you anymore, it's just that simple. No, no, no, not like before. Such a shame dirty shame... I don't love you anymore...”
Only You – The Best of Teddy Pendergrass: The rhythm is fast paced, and you’ll catch yourself rocking your head back and forth to this song.
When Somebody Loves You Back - Life Is A Song Worth Singing: This is a sweet song about finding that ‘right’ person whom you can love, that will love you back.
“To be loved and be loved in return it's the only thing that my heart desires. Just appreciate the little things I do; oh, you're the one who's got me inspired, keep on liftin', liftin' me higher…So good lovin' somebody when somebody loves you back, and that's a fact…”
Songs Recorded with Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes
The Love I Lost – The Very Best of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes: The song’s intro begins with a succession of instrumentals that build-up to the vocals. Lead singer, Pendergrass laments about a lost love and how he will never find another love like that again.
“I can remember planning, building my whole world around you; And I can remember hoping, that you and I could make it on through. But something went wrong, we loved each other, we just couldn't get along…The love I lost…”
Bad Luck – The Very Best of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes: The song describes the woes of having bad luck; and from the first beat, the rhythm gets your foot taping and head bouncing.
“Played a number `cause that number's HOT! But the bookies get you for every cent you've got. Walk around in a daze with your pockets bare, you go to see your woman and she ain't even there… Bad luck, that's what you got, that's what you got…”
Hope that we can be Together Soon – The Very Best of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes: A duet with artist Sharon Paige, the song is charming and sweet.
“When I'm away from you, boy; all I seem to do is cry and then when I see you, boy; my, how the time does fly… When I think about you, girl; chills run up and down my spine, and if my wish would come true, girl; I'd be with you all the time… I hope that we can be together soon…”
If you don’t Know Me by Now – The Very Best of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes: This song is a slow ballad that highlights the strong and sexy vocal talents of its lead singer.
“We've all got our own funny moods; I've got mine and woman you've got yours too. Just trust in me like I trust in you. As long as we've been together, that should be so easy to do…”
A Brief synopsis of the career of Teddy Pendergrass
Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass began his singing career as the lead singer of the group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the early 1970s. The group rose to fame with several hit songs, and Pendergrass became so popular (particularly with the ladies) that he decided to embark on a solo career during the late 1970s.
In 1977, Pendergrass released his self-titled album which went platinum with such hits as I Don't Love You Anymore; Only You; Close the Door; and The Whole Town's Laughing At Me. In 1979 he released two of his biggest hits, Turn Off the Lights and Come and Go With Me.
Pendergrass won the Favorite Male Artist Award in the Soul/Rhythm & Blues category at the American Music Awards, in 1978. He was nominated countless times for other awards and also received five consecutive platinum albums.
His career was at an all time high, reaching a fever pitch when, in 1982 he was severely injured in an automobile accident in Philadelphia. The residuals of the accident left him paralyzed from the waist down.
Teddy Pendergrass pass-away January 13, 2010 of respiratory failure, at the age of 59. Although he released several songs after his accident, he was never able to regain the status and popularity he once enjoyed during his early career. To a majority of his fans, they will always remember him as the soulful, sexy singer of the1970s. Pendergrass had a smooth velvety voice and found his right genre in the love song.