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Flashback Friday – 1/15/10 – Teddy Pendergrass Tribute (1950-2010)

Teddy Pendergrass

March 29, 1950 – January 13, 2010

Happy Friday All! The music world lost a legend this past Wednesday, as we learned of the death of  R&B/Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass in Philadelphia, PA. He was 59 years old. Today’s blog is dedicated to Teddy. I stuck to only 5 songs but there could’ve been more since he has been a part of many hits from his gig as the lead singer with Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, to his lengthy stint as a solo artist. He may have been before my time, but I vividly recall my parents listening to him on their favorite radio station as I grew up, whether at home or in the car.  His infamous slow grooves like “Turn off The Lights”, “Come Go With Me” and “Close The Door” are the reason why most of you all are here, so you can thank  the late, great crooner for your very own existence, lol.  Please enjoy, suggest, comment and vote on your favorite Teddy P. song. Have a blessed weekend! 🙂

PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) – Teddy Pendergrass, the seductive American rhythm-and-blues singer who continued his recording career after he was paralyzed in a 1982 car accident, has died at the age of 59, media reports said on Thursday.

Pendergrass’s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, told the Philadelphia Inquirer newspaper that his father died on Wednesday at a Philadelphia-area hospital. He had undergone colon cancer surgery eight months ago and his son said he had a difficult recovery.

Pendergrass began his career as a drummer but first rose to fame in the 1970s when he became lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, which had hits such as “If You Don’t Know Me by Now” and “I Miss You.”

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*Exits outta the firescape*

Close The Door

Come Go With Me

Love TKO

Turn Off The Lights

When Somebody Loves You Back


Flashback Friday – 9/4


Happy Friday All!! I love writing this blog when an extended weekend is approaching. Everyone seems to be in a better mood and much more receptive to listening and reading, lol. I’m gonna slow it down just a little bit for this blog. By request, I’m posting up five videos that fall into the category of “Neo Soul”. Influenced by the 70’s soul scene, the term Neo Soul really didn’t become a well known or mainstream genre until the late 90’s. Before a term was coined, it was (and still is) known as underground soul, often performed by eclectic artists who put meaning into their lyrics to soulful tunes, usually created will live instruments. Auto tune not allowed! Some of my favorite artists like Jill Scott, Musiq Soulchild, India Arie, and Floetry fall into this category, but did not make this week’s cut because they didn’t release any music prior to 1999. You all know the rules! All FF songs MUST be at least 10 years old.

The five videos I selected today are also from five of my favorite artists: Amel Larrieux, D’Angelo, Erykah Badu, Lauryn Hill and Maxwell. All quality artists. All get constant rotation on my beloved iPod, as well as the radio for Erykah Badu and Maxwell who is just coming off the July release of his latest album entitled “BlackSummer’sNight”.  Amel Larrieux probably has an album coming out, but we wouldn’t know it because no one seems to pay attention to her or her positive songs like “Get Up”. Smh. Lol. When D’Angelo was hot, all the ladies loved and adored him as one of those sensitive thugs, lol. He had they bad boy look and chiseled body but had a voice that was out of this world. I choose to post up his song “Brown Sugar”, which we all know has a double meaning to it. Listen carefully. He isn’t only talking about a female. Exactly what is in that ‘brown sugar’ D’Angelo speaks of? Hmmm… Sadly, he apparently fell on some hard times and hasn’t been on the scene for a while. Same goes for Lauryn Hill. I’m not sure if she fell on any hard times, but I know after having five children with Rohan Marley, she fell off hard. Her solo debut album, “The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill” is a classic one in my opinion.  And I’m not even going to get into the Maxwell joint  I posted. Just remember I’m bailing any of y’all out if the cops come knocking at your doors later tonight, lol. Please listen, enjoy, vote, suggest and comment the blog. Have a blessed weekend!

*Exits outta the firescape*

Amel Larrieux – Get Up (1999)

D’Angelo – Brown Sugar(1995)

Erykah Badu – Next Lifetime (1997)

Lauryn Hill – Nothing Even Matters  (1998)

Maxwell – Til The Cops Come Knocking (1996)


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