The legendary R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass passed away on January 13, 2010 after battling colon cancer. Teddy was 59. TeddyвЂ™s tremendous career included numerous platinum albums, and three decades of top hits such as, вЂњClose the DoorвЂ�, вЂ�JoyвЂ� and вЂњIt ShouldвЂ™ve Been YouвЂ�.A five-time grammy nominated singer, Teddy didnвЂ™t let becoming a quadriplegic in a 1982 car accident stop his love for singing and pleasing his many fans. TeddyвЂ™s career began when he sang the popular, If You DonвЂ™t Know Me By Now, as lead Singer for the Philadelphia soul group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.This role lead him into his own solo career. In 1977, Teddy released his self-titled first album. Seven more albums followed on the Gamble & HuffвЂ™s Philadelphia International Records label. He then moved on to record with Warner MusicвЂ™s Asylum and Elektra label.
This Chrismas (I'd Rather Have Love)
Teddy Pendergrass's distinctive husky voice and soul-man persona turn Christmas standards and inspired originals throughout This Christmas (I'd Rather Have Love) into a lovable Tedfest. While many similar records and their singers tend to overproduce and oversing holiday work, Pendergrass and company keep the schlocky string arrangements and excessive emoting to a minimum. They've also cranked out great holiday tunes in Having a Christmas Party and Happy Kwanzaa, and devised tasty new versions of Joy to the World and We Three Kings. The former gets a lilting funk treatment while the latter works as a jazzy, bluesy ballad. In his most surprising choice of covers, Pendergrass even reinvents John and Yoko's Happy Xmas as a romantic plaint and plea for racial harmony.
01 Joy To The World 02 Little Drummer Boy 03 Christmas And You 04 The Christmas Song 05 Having A Christmas Party 06 I Won't Have Christmas 07 We Three Kings 08 Oh Holy Night 09 Happy Kwanzaa 10 This Christmas (I'd Rather Have Love) 11 Happy Christmas
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