March 28, 2016
WHEN PSYCHOLOGIST Dan Gottlieb began hosting his radio show on WHYY in 1985, he feared that if anyone knew he was a quadriplegic, they'd turn their radios off. What Gottlieb found when he did reveal his secret, in an episode with his friend Teddy Pendergrass, was "an outpouring of love. " After 30 years of hosting his weekly program, Voices in the Family , Gottlieb, 69, has scaled back his show to just six specials a year. He still gives public lectures, the next of which will be held April 2 at the Mitchell Performing Arts Center in Bryn Athyn.
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.
January 14, 2015 |
Teddy Pendergrass' widow hopes to make a movie about her husband's life, a musical theater performance about his ladies-only shows, and a product line in his name featuring cologne, perfume, and men's lingerie. Months after winning a contentious legal battle with the late singer's son over control of his legacy, Joan Pendergrass said she was busy making plans, which include republishing Teddy Pendergrass' autobiography and creating a traveling museum exhibit of his belongings. Tuesday marks the five-year anniversary of the singer's death after complications from treatment for colon cancer.
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.
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.
January 15, 2014 |
Joan Pendergrass, widow of the famed musician Teddy Pendergrass, sat on the witness stand in Montgomery Court Court on Monday and wiped tears from the corners of her eyes. It wasn't so much the questions that Theodore "Ted" Pendergrass II's attorney was asking as he tried to poke holes in her story. It was the hearing's timing. "Do you know what today is?" she asked Timothy Holman, attorney for her late husband's son. Holman seemed to know. Pendergrass died on Jan. 13, 2010 - four years before, to the day. On Monday, Montgomery County Court Judge Stanley Ott continued the legal tussle over dueling wills that claim to give either the son or the widow control over Pendergrass' estate.
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.
February 15, 2013 |
HERB WARD, a Philadelphia R&B singer of the '60s and '70s, had the unusual distinction of being more popular in England at one point in his career than at home. His hit "Honest to Goodness" did make a splash when it was played on WHAT-AM in Philly in 1969, but in England it sold more than half a million copies. Another song, "Strange Change," was released on the Philadelphia Buddy label in 1965, then had a second life when it was re-released in 1970 in England and became a huge hit. Herb was also featured in a recent film about soul music for British television called "The Strange World of Northern Soul.
October 24, 2011
Who: Standout youngster on "Majors & Minors," an adorable, heart-swelling, no-elimination show featuring 12 amazing "minors," ages 10 and up, and their "major" celebrity mentors. Airs 7 p.m. Sundays on The Hub. Age: 14 From: Originally South Philly, now East Falls School: Meredith Elementary Memorable show moment: The first time he met Brandy, Michael performed a song he wrote - and reduced the R&B vet to happy tears. Back in town: Since the show wrapped, Michael's been a regular eighth-grader, taking the bus to school and singing in the adult and praise choirs at Greater St. Matthew Baptist Church.
August 24, 2011 |
Correction: An obituary Wednesday for singer and songwriter Nickolas Ashford, who died Monday at age 70, incorrectly described his song "Ain't No Mountain High Enough. " The song was a hit for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell before Diana Ross recorded it. Nickolas Ashford, 70, the songwriter and singer who, with his wife, Valerie Simpson, penned hits such as "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell and "Let's Go Get Stoned" for Ray Charles while carrying on a successful career as an R&B duo, died of cancer Monday.