Teddy and Joan Pendergrass

*Today, Jan 13, marks the one year anniversary of the death of Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010).

Teddy, as he is known, of course, was one of the greatest soul singers in the history of R&B and popular music. He was also a noted songwriter as well.

Pendergrass first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade. In 1982, he was severely injured in an auto accident in Philadelphia, resulting in his being paralyzed from the waist down.

After his injury, according to Wikipedia, the affable entertainer founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a foundation that helps those with spinal cord injuries. Pendergrass commemorated 25 years of living after his spinal cord injury with star filled event, “Teddy 25 – A Celebration of Life” at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center.

His last performance was on a PBS special at Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino in November 2008.

Teddy is survived by his mother Ida, wife Joan, three children; Tisha, Teddy II, LaDonna, stepdaughters Sherilla Leftrade, Jessica Avila and four grandchildren and three stepgrandchildren.

Joan Pendergrass is the executrix of The Theodore Dereese Pendergrass Estate.

Read more about Teddy Pendergrass HERE.