Picks and Pans Review: Anthony Hamilton Remembers ... Teddy Pendergrass
updated 02/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST
•originally published 02/01/2010 AT 01:00 AM EST
"When Teddy said, 'Turn off the lights,' you gon' do it! He had that authority in his voice. It made you pay attention. So powerful, so much passion. As I grew up, the grown folks would play Teddy or Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes [for whom Pendergrass sang lead] at house parties, and I started to mimic him. Actually, I just did a song called 'Matrimony' and purposely sang it like Teddy. And his outfits? Teddy was sexilicious. I want that beard! Even after his car accident [in 1982, which left him paralyzed from the waist down], he kept singing. He didn't let it deter him."