October 14, 2002 |
As Teddy Pendergrass sang "Turn Off the Lights" Saturday night, a woman stood almost directly in front of him about five feet offstage, swaying to his music. She looked as if she had been waiting 20 years for this moment, and, since Pendergrass' show at the Keswick Theater was his first hometown performance in that span, well, she had. Judging from the blissed-out expression she wore as she walked from the stage, the wait had been worth it. Backed by a crack group captained by noted keyboardist Bill Jolly and singing to a sparse but intent audience, Pendergrass showed little real dropoff from his earlier incarnation as lady-killer extraordinaire.
June 25, 1987 |
Teddy Pendergrass, 37, married his longtime girlfriend, Karen Still, Saturday, and they're honeymooning at an undisclosed site, the singer's spokeswoman revealed yesterday. About 50 guests attended the 20-minute ceremony at Pendergrass' Penn Valley home. Still, in her 30s, met the singer in 1977 when he launched a solo career, and she choreographed some of his performances. Until last year she danced with Philadanco. Through therapy, Pendergrass, who was partly paralyzed in a 1982 auto accident, has regained partial use of his arms and hands.
February 28, 2015 |
More than five years have passed since Teddy Pendergrass' death. But his children and wife are still fighting over control of his legacy. The long-standing acrimony and legal battle over the singer's estate took another turn this week as his two daughters stepped in to challenge a will submitted by Pendergrass' second wife. Though Pendergrass left little money when he died, future returns are at stake. Since winning a court ruling in October, his widow, Joan, has started making plans for a movie, a musical theater performance, and a museum exhibit about her late husband.
September 14, 1993 |
For a couple of decades, one of the coolest anecdotes in Philadelphia pop music lore had The Temptations dragging a teen-age Daryl Hall and his group, The Temptones, down to South Street to pick up magenta sharkskin suits at Krass Brothers. Born Daryl Franklin Hohl in Pottstown, the lanky towhead knew from witnessing numerous R&B shows at the Uptown Theater that any self-respecting vocal act was nothing without natty attire. Now Hall wants to set the record straight. "It was actually a purple mohair suit," Hall said.
January 14, 2015
TEDDY PENDERGRASS has been gone five long years, but his widow, Joan, still tears up when she talks about how the late soul singer died in her arms. "The past five years have been a bittersweet time," she told me yesterday. "A lot has gone on. " That's an understatement. A judge only recently settled a years-long, bitter dispute between Teddy's son and his wife over the soul singer's estate. Both presented wills, but it took until October for a Montgomery County judge to finally rule in Joan's favor.
March 6, 2013 |
JO-JO TYNES would go into a nightclub, toss back a Mistic fruit drink or just plain water and hit the dance floor. "He loved to have fun," said his fiancee, Kim Oliver. "Everybody loved him. He'd go into a club and people would say, 'Here's Jo-Jo!' He loved people. He loved to dance. " Joseph Tynes, known to everybody as Jo-Jo, worked with a number of musicians and musical groups as stage manager and general factotum, including Teddy Pendergrass, the O'Jays and the Three Degrees, traveling around the country and overseas.
January 24, 2010 |
Soul singer Teddy Pendergrass' funeral yesterday was the kind of soaring ceremony that punctuates the end of a larger-than-large life. A 200-member gospel choir jubilated with high-decibel exultation while a band and a sternum-vibrating organ roused the estimated 4,000 people who filled mammoth Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church on Cheltenham Avenue, the biggest African American church in Philadelphia. In turn, singers Melba Moore, Tyrese Gibson, Bunny Sigler, Gerald Austin, Lyfe Jennings, and Musiq performed songs by Pendergrass, a brawny, seductive baritone who leavened an incandescent sexuality with just enough sensitivity to stir arenas full of women and heat in any room where his music played.
May 3, 1995 |
It is a place where dreams and stars were born - and a place where hearts and wallets were broken. And now the historic Uptown Theater, the siren in the 2200 block of North Broad Street, is working its wrenching magic again, this time on recording artist and producer Teddy Pendergrass. Yesterday, a small army of community entrepreneurs, city cultural officials, architects, structural engineers, activists and small business people toured the art deco theater to get a look at the spot where Little Stevie Wonder once performed.
June 1, 1995 |
It was a cold January day, but a music practice room at the Community College of Philadelphia was charged with its own special heat as the 60-plus young members of the Teddy Pendergrass All Star Community Choir, and many more parents, friends and relatives, waited for the group's founder, benefactor and namesake to make his entrance. The room hummed in anticipation as director John B. Samuel led the students through their warm-ups. At last, almost an hour after this, the choir's first rehearsal, began, the moment had arrived.
October 17, 2014 |
Teddy Pendergrass' son and namesake submitted a fraudulent will to try to gain control of the singer's estate, a Montgomery County Court judge has ruled. The decision from Judge Stanley Ott means the Pendergrass estate will remain under the control of his second wife, Joan, and will not shift to Theodore "Ted" Pendergrass II. At stake in the years-long dispute between son and widow has been not a large sum of money or property - Pendergrass had little of either before his death in January 2010 - but control over the singer's legacy.