Song: Wake Up, Everybody
Artist: Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes
Album: Wake Up Everybody
As many know, Teddy Pendergrass, former member of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes and one of the front men of the “Philly Sound” passed away last night after battling Colon Cancer.
Pendergrass, orignally from South Carolina, moved to Philly sometime in his teens where he went to the old Thomas Edison High School. After dropping out to go into the music business, he would become the drummer for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.
After scoring several hits with the group including the song above, Pendergrass would embark on his solo career after a failed attempt to rename the Blue Notes after him. Pendergrass would release a string of successful albums and a string of singles that would make him one of the forebearers of “Baby-Making Music”.
On March 18, 1982, Pendergrass was involved into an accicdent on Lincoln Drive which left him paralysed from the waist down. Despite the injury, he would return to the recording studio in 1984. Pendergrass would make a return to public performing at the famous Live-Aid concert. He would continue to record and release albums throught the 80’s & 90’s.
Pendergrass also founded the The Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a charity designed to support and educate individuals with Spinal Cord injuries.
The song for today, “Wake Up, Everybody” is not necessarily one of my favorites, but I have a soft spot for it. It’s socially conscious lyrics are backed by Teddy’s powerful vocals. It was one of those songs that is uniquely Philly.
Rest in Peace, Teddy.
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