Living and working in the Philadelphia area, I had the good fortune to interview Pendergrass a couple of times, and his knowledge of the history of Philly soul in particular and all the byways of rhythm & blues, gospel, and soul music was extraordinary – transfixing to hear.
One of the last of the classic singers in the “love man” style that includes Otis Redding, Al Green, and Peabo Bryson, Pendergrass had a burly voice of enormous delicacy. He still had it here, during an Apollo Hall of Fame TV concert from 1993:
Thanks to David Mills’ great Undercover Black Man blog for reminding me of this performance. And let’s all remember Teddy.