TEDDY PENDERGRASS, one of the leading soul singers of all time and R&B’s reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and ‘80s, died last night following a prolonged illness. (March 26, 1950-January 13, 2010)

The legendary, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, whose powerful vocals helped define The Sound of Philadelphia, first with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes before breaking out with an incendiary solo career, passed away at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized since August. He was 59.

The force of his masculine vocal prowess and sex appeal of his passionate love ballads forever linked Pendergrass to Philadelphia International Records like Marvin Gaye to Motown, Otis Redding to Stax/Volt and Sam Cooke to RCA.

More information on Teddy Pendergrass and all Philadelphia International Records artists at www.Gamble-Huffmusic.com

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