Tue. Oct. 19, 2021

Teddy Pendergrass – You Can’t Hide From Yourself

Most Wanted! Teddy Pendergrass – You Can’t Hide From Yourself (Philadelphia International Records)

Oh yes, this has been remixed in a nice way by Dimitri from Paris. But what about the original version? Of course you might get it from Teddy Pendergrass‘s 77 eponymous album. Then how about a single release? A promo copy, a 12 inch release, a 7inch??? Nuts, nothing from Gamble & Huff‘s PIR label. Could you believe this? As a result, ‘You Can’t Hide From Yourself’ might pretty well have deserved a mention in our Lost but not least! series. In other words, among the countless jewels the record industry has passed on. Although…

That would be pretty much forgetting about its only Dutch release. This, makin’ it so hard to find for the die-hard fans.
Not particularly interested in that format as opposed to the 12″ or the album, I gotta say I quite rarely purchased 7 inches. Doin’ some research work recently, I nevertheless found I’d bought it for some reason back in the day. Therefore coming to realize I’d been sitting next to it during the last… 40 years without havin’ a single idea about its market value!

Lucky me to that extend, although to me it’s nothing in comparison to its artistic dimension. ‘You Can’t Hide From Yourself’ standing to me as one of the most infectious performances by the likes of T.P.. This, in addition to ‘Come Go With Me’, Only You’ and ‘Do Me’. Not to mention (more recently) ‘Believe In Love’…

I suppose I couldn’t hide from myself, could I???

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Born in Philadelphia, PA, to a religious family, Teddy Pendergrass‘s early singing happened in church. He dreamed of becoming a pastor at the time and eventually got his wish when ordained a minister at the age of 10. He started takin’ on drums during this period, securing his first professional gig with The Cadillacs as a drummer in the late 60’s. Teddy soon after caught up the attention of The Blue Notes‘ founder Harold Melvin who made him an offer to join the band. However, during a performance, Pendergrass began singing. With Melvin, impressed by his raspy baritone voice, makin’ him the lead singer of the group.

Their first single together – ‘I Miss You’ – came to light back in 1972. The success happened to be immediate. Opening an impressive series of hits. From ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now’ to ‘The Love I Lost’. Not to mention ‘Wake Up Everybody’ and ‘Don’t Leave Me This Way’ which Thelma Houston turned into a Disco smash hit in 1976. Teddy leavin’ the group due to artistic and financial conflicts that same year…

He embarked on a solo career the year after with the release of his eponymous album. A solid package which features gems such as ‘You Can’t Hide From Yourself’ (only released as a single in Holland). But also ‘I Don’t Love You Anymore’ and ‘The More I Get, The More I Want’. The latter speakin’ of which Italian producer Serge Funk would give an interesting development on his 2018 released ‘Can’t Get Enough’ interpolation.

Its follow-up – ‘Life Is A Song Worth Singing’ – engendered an even bigger following. Spanning classics such as ‘Only You’, ‘Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose’ and ‘Close The Door’. By 1978, Teddy was seen to many as the top male sex symbol in music. His 1979 album, ‘Teddy’ strengthening his position with the mellow ‘Come Go With Me’ and ‘Turn Off The Lights’ in addition to the groovy ‘Do Me’. With the man going further in the downtempo mood on his 1980 ‘TP’ album featuring ‘Love TKO’ and the Ashford & Simpson penned ‘Is It Still Good To You’.

On a sad Mar. 18, 1982, Teddy got involved in a car crash which left him a paraplegic, paralyzed from the chest down.

With his contract with PIR now over, he ended up signing with Elektra Asylum. Releasing his debut-album – ‘Love Language’ – in 1984. An album which saw him duetting with a then unknown Whitney Houston on the mellow ‘Hold Me’. 4 years after, he scored his first #1 single in nearly a decade flirting with the then emerging New Jack Swing on ‘Joy’ from the album of the name.
A final hit would come in 1993 by the likes of the Reggie and Vincent Calloway penned ‘Believe In Love’ which opened his ‘A Little More Magic’ album.

Although on a wheeling chair since his tragic accident, Teddy kept on performing live sporadically until the announce of his retirement in 2006.

Pendergrass underwent successful surgery for colon cancer on June 05, 2009 then returned home to recover. A few weeks later, he got back to the hospital with respiratory issues. He sadly died 7 months after of respiratory failure on Jan. 13, 2010, aged 59…

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