|This is the third multi-platinum album for Pendergrass|
|The fourth multi-platinum album that contains|
the classic hit single "Love TKO"
|Pendergrass final multi-platinum|
solo album with PIR
On the 18th March 1982, Pendergrass was involved in an automobile accident when he actually lost control of his Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit hit a guard rail, crossed into the opposite traffic lane, and hit two trees. Pendergrass suffered a spinal cord injury. Due to the tremendous impact of the automobile accident Pendergrass became a quadriplegic, paralyzed from the chest down.
During Teddy Pendergrass post-automobile accident period, he finally returned to the top of the single chart in 1988, almost ten after his first number-one single "Close The Door " The second single to reached the top of summit on the Billboard Hip/Hop and R&B Singles Chart listings was called “Joy” on week-ending 25th June 1988 (2 weeks). The album also entitled "Joy" peaked at number-two on the Billboard Hip/Hop and R&B Albums Chart that same year. It was Teddy Pendergrass first solo album since his terrible automobile to be certified platinum for over one million units sold in America.
The final single of his career so far to obtain the number one position on the Billboard Hip/Hop and R&B Singles Chart was “It Should’ve Been You” on 18th May 1991. The biggest selling single of his career since “Close The Door”. It was number one for two weeks due to sales level, ranking number one on radio and retail points. The single was co- written and produced by Teddy Pendergrass with Terry Price. By 1991, according to RIAA (Record Industry Association of America) Pendergrass had earned 4 gold albums and 8 platinum albums with little help from Pop radio stations across America. Also his four studio albums on Elektra Entertainment since his auto accident have sold over 2.5 million copies without the support of concert tours.
A quote from a tribute from Gamble and Huff stated that the late Teddy Pendergrass's songs have been sampled by numerous soul and R&B artists, and have been used in a number of TV commercials and films around the world, including the "Nutty Professor, Old Navy and Chevrolet.
Teddy later became an inspirational figure to millions in the 28 years since he was left quadriplegic from a horrific 1982 car accident . He established the charitable Teddy Pendergrass Alliance (TPA) in 1987, and in 2007, formed a partnership with the National Spinal Cord Injury Association to help people with injuries during the early stages of recovery, which led to his recognition that year as one of the most influential SCI activists with his induction into the Spinal Cord Injury Association Hall of Fame.
Teddy is certainly the reigning prince of the Philadelphia Sound, a powerful voice that stands out as a dynamic brand around the world that will earn multi streams of income for the Gamble and Huff organisation for many years to come.
“Teddy was truly blessed with an incredible talent that was one of kind.”
Researched and compiled by
Mr K Tomlin Music Historian