You know how you have a conversation about someone and then some inexplicable moment makes you think about that conversation all over again. Teddy Pendergrass passing away yesterday harks memories from a few days ago when my mom was asking me if Teddy was still alive. I told her yeah, he was confined to a wheelchair after that car accident back in the 80s but he was still around.

Well, colon cancer claimed the life of one of the classic R&B singers of my mom’s day and time at an age to which my dad would look back and say with a little pain in his heart, “I made it to 60.” Pretty much, if you live in a house filled with a lot of old school R&B, you heard plenty of Harold Melvin & The Bluenotes and then you heard even more of Teddy Pendergrass. If you thought today’s R&B was pretty straight forward with the love and sex notions, look at “Turn Off the Lights” and try to tell me that wasn’t the most forceful R&B song of its day – without using lyrics to command a woman to do something. I don’t know, it just kind of hurts me to know that I keep losing things I grew up on – Michael last year and now Mr. Pendergrass.

Something tells me 102 is having a giant playlist with nothing but his music, just like they did for Michael.

R&B Great Teddy Pendergrass Dead at 59 After Cancer Battle [Rolling Stone]

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