RIP, Teddy Pendergrass

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When I heard that Teddy Pendergrass had passed away this week, I was very sad – arguably one of the best voices ever in the R&B world. And a passing that, to me, closes a special chapter in American music. Marvin, Luther, Isaac, Barry, James, and now Teddy – all gone now. But since shutting down my original Better Living Through Blogging site a while back, I’ve limited my official blogging to, well, Great Falls, so I wasn’t able to really blog about Teddy’s passing. After all, there isn’t much of a direct connection between Great Falls and Teddy Pendergrass. And I had to console myself with YouTube videos of Teddy’s music, since there’s no R&B radio station in Great Falls.

But on Friday night, we decided to head on over Goode’s Q & Bayou Grill: me for the out-of-this-world Q burger, and she opted for the triple-play sandwich. As we approached the restaurant, it occurred to me – very briefly – that it would be very nice to hear Teddy playing when we entered. It’s the only place in town that regularly plays soul/R&B music, so I figured there was a chance.

Sure enough – when we walked in, “Turn Off The Lights” was playing. And then “Love TKO.” And then “Close The Door.” Yep – Larry and the crew were playing a Teddy Pendergrass greatest-hits CD. Thanks, Larry.

And here is one of Teddy’s best.


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