June 23: Teddy Pendergrass Released His Third Album ‘Teddy’ On This Date In 1979

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By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Philadelphia International

The eight-song project titled Teddy is the third album by legendary singer and songwriter Teddy Pendergrass.

On June 23, 1979, Sony Music’s Philadelphia International (PI) record label released this classic R&B album. Teddy, which had more sexually-themed songs, is analogous to Marvin Gaye’s iconic I Want You album, which was released three years earlier. This record was put together by a band of experienced music producers.

Kenny Gamble (PI’s co-founder), Leon Huff (PI’s co-founder), Thom Bell, Sherman Marshall, Gene McFadden, and John Whitehead were all of the producers who contributed to Teddy. The project was recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Pendergrass began working on the album in 1978.

From Pendergrass’ third album, two singles were released. The first, titled “Turn Off the Lights,” charted at #48 on the mainstream music charts in the United States and #2 on the R&B music charts. The second song, “Come Go With Me,” reached #14 on the R&B music charts in the United States.

During 1980 and 1981, this album was nominated for an American Music Award in the category of “Favorite Soul/R&B Album.”


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