Friday, 28 November 2014

Teddy Pendergrass Signature Voice Pt 1

This is Pendergrass multi-platinum album
of his career as a solo artist.
The late Teddy Pendergrass was born on the 26th March 1950 and was the first solo male black artist to have achieved five consecutive multi-platinum albums during his five years reign at Philadelphia International Records (PIR) as a solo artist.Gamble and Huff  owners of PIR made Teddy Pendergrass into an international super star with a large following of multi-racial female fan based across the globe. In addition, Teddy was one of the few black male artist to place number one singles  on the  Billboard R&B and Soul Singles Chart listings in over three decades. Also his first solo album of his career reached the number five position in 1977 on the Billboard Soul Album Chart and in the process obtained  multi – platinum status according to RIAA by 1978. His first album simply entitled “Teddy Pendergrass". 
Pendergrass second multi-platinum album
and number one album
The first single of Pendergrass career to go to number one was “Close the Door” which achieved the number one position  week-ending 8th July 1978 (2 weeks) on the Billboard Hot Soul Singles Chart. The single was taken from is second studio album entitled “Life Is A Song Worth Singing”, which also peaked at number one for week-ending 19th August 1978 on the Billboard Soul Albums Chart listings for two weeks, in the process selling over two million plus copies. This was Teddy’s second solo album to obtain  certified multi-platinum status in America. The single “Close The Door” receiving a gold plaque from RIAA for over one million copies sold in 1978.

Before Pendergrass achieved his second number one single during the 1980s, Teddy’s third studio album achieved greater success by peaking at number five on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart Listings and was in the Top Ten for several weeks during 1979 at the height of the Disco fever.  He did better on the Billboard Soul Albums Chart listing by taken the number one position, for week -ending 4th August 1979 and stayed at the top of the summit for four weeks. This was the  best performance of his career in terms of album sales, out selling the first two solo albums and  bringing the total units of all three studio albums sold so far to approximately over seven million units in North America.

                                  Researched and compiled by               
                                  Mr K Tomlin Music Historian                   


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Kevin Tomlin has over 34 years of teaching experience in Jamaica, England and America, including 15 years teaching music history of black origin and visual art in South Florida, U.S.A., through Arts in Education. Tomlin created special training programmes and workshops for music teachers in South Florida schools, using music history as the foundation, to build exciting programmes of study and support materials for education professionals. Since 2000, he’s taught music history, geography, religious education, history, visual arts and performing arts at schools in Hertfordshire and Essex, at both primary and secondary levels. He conducts research and provides consultancy services for multi-media organisations, schools, recording artists, cultural and faith-based groups and entertainment professionals.

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