Soul singer Teddy Pendegrass has passed away in hospital in Philadelphia at the age of 59 following “a difficult recovery” from colon cancer surgery, his son has told the AP news agency. In a wheelchair since a car accident in 1982, Pendegrass had returned to live performance in 2001. He enjoyed early success with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, whose hits included ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’, before going solo in 1976. He was the first black male singer to record five consecutive multi-platinum albums in the US.
by Phil Udell / January 14th, 2010 /