Disco song “The Love I Lost” is attributed to Harold Melvin and the BlueNotes.
But while Melvin was the founder, mastermind and backup, Teddy Pendergrass was the macho voice up front.
Heartthrob to millions, his husky, charismatic and potent baritone was a regular daily presence on the radio.
Then everything changed.
On March 18th, 1982 Teddy lost control of his Rolls Royce in Philadelphia and was paralyzed, made quadriplegic, as a result of the accident.
Also in the car was 31 year old Tenika Watson, a transexual nightclub performer and sex worker, who walked away with minor injuries.
Nevertheless, in the public eye Teddy remained the “Bedroom Balladeer” and his wife Joan was at his side when he died of respiratory failure on January 13, 2010, at age 59.
Truth is stranger than fiction.
#7 on the Billboard Hot 100, in 1973
But without a doubt,
he was one of the finest R&B singers of all time.