Featured, Music

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me review – soul star stories | The Guardian

This documentary celebrates the singer’s remarkable return to the stage after a car accident but fails to illuminate the...

You would need a heart of stone to hear the late soul singer Teddy Pendergrass without being thrilled – or hear of his personal ordeal without being moved. This documentary tells his story respectfully and in detail, but something doesn’t quite work.

Having started with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Pendergrass left that band in 1977 and embarked on a staggering solo career, earning a string of platinum discs: an impossibly handsome, virile man with a rich and sensuous voice. Then a car accident in 1982 left him quadriplegic. A therapist talked him out of ending his own life, helped by his children and his formidable churchgoing mother, and Pendergrass came back with more hit records and a moving appearance at Live Aid in Philadelphia, singing from his wheelchair.

Written by WRIIT Staff
Wriit has curated content, excerpts, from leading publications globally. Published articles feature the history, events, people and places that have impacted the lives of People of Color. As the Wriit Community grows, members may enjoy the benefit of being featured on wriit.com, as well as our social media channels. We encourage Wriit Community Members to continue to author great content and share broadly. Wriit.com is a Willoughby Avenue, LLC. brand, a publisher and independent agency, committed to building Brands of Color. Our brands include KOLUMN Magazine, KINDR'D Magazine and The FIVE FIFTHS. Profile