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Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010)

Teddy Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010)

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Teddy Pendergrass - This Christmas

The legendary R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass passed away on January 13, 2010 after battling colon cancer. Teddy was 59. Teddy’s tremendous career included numerous platinum albums, and three decades of top hits such as, “Close the Door�, �Joy� and “It Should’ve Been You�.A five-time grammy nominated singer, Teddy didn’t let becoming a quadriplegic in a 1982 car accident stop his love for singing and pleasing his many fans. Teddy’s career began when he sang the popular, If You Don’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 & Huff’s Philadelphia International Records label. He then moved on to record with Warner Music’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

Teddy Pendergrass - This Christmas (1998)

The album code is : ODI144692

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