On the one hand, Philadelphia icon Teddy Pendergrass was, as XPN’s Bruce Warren described him earlier today, “Philly International’s ultimate love man.” His sensual singing style was unparalleled, and his songs touched on themes of love from every imaginable angle. On a bigger level, he was a hard-working, ambitious, and energetic recording artist and performer who literally sweated charisma…and he’s also somebody with one of the most amazing life stories of resilience and overcoming physical trauma to continue creating music.
This Friday night at 9 p.m. ET, Showtime premieres Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me, a documentary that traces the singer’s life from his Philadelphia childhood to that famed footage of him getting bras and panties thrown at him onstage, to the 1982 car crash that paralyzed him and his emotional 1985 comeback at Live Aid. As Rolling Stone notes, he went on to release five more studio albums before his passing in 2010.
In addition to archival footage and photos of Pendergrass on stage and in the studio, the doc includes interviews with his producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, his manager Shep Gordon, as well as various friends and family.
Watch a trailer for Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me below.
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