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October 11th

I watched the great TEDDY PENDERGRASS documentary on BBCiPlayer this morning. He certainly seems to have been under appreciated over the years. I saw him three times at Hammersmith Odeon in Feb 1982, just a month before his serious car crash. His comeback appearance was in a wheelchair for Live Aid Philadelphia in 1985. Amazingly when he left Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes his solo career was managed by Alice Coopers long term manager Shep Gordon. Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 January 13, 2010) was an American singer. Born in Philadelphia, PA at Thomas Jefferson Hospital. Pendergrass was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He initially rose to musical fame as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. After leaving the group over monetary disputes in 1976, Pendergrass launched a successful solo career under the Philadelphia International label, releasing five consecutive platinum albums, a record at the time for an African-American R&B artist. Pendergrass's career was suspended after a March 1982 car crash that left him paralyzed from the shoulders down. Pendergrass continued his successful solo career until announcing his retirement in 2007. Pendergrass died from respiratory failure in January 2010. -------------- After the sad death of Eddie Van Halen, i have been playing Van Halen's stunning debut album again. Back then in 1978 , nobody played guitar like Eddie Van Halen and looked like David Lee Roth. No wonder they totally upstaged the mighty Black Sabbath on that UK tour. The full album is up on YouTube, so give it a listen. -------------- This website will be having a bit of an overhaul in the coming week. Mainly to make it easier to read on mobile devices etc. -------------- SKY ARTS 10.45pm tonight - Queen Rock Monteal 1981.