Black Music Month: The 10 Most Devastating Black Music Star Deaths
In honor of Black Music Month, BOSSIP and Metro PCS would like to highlight some of the biggest Black entertainers we’ve lost, ever. These performers and musicians shaped genres and set trends in music we still feel and see today. They made the world stop and pay respect when they passed. When we lost them, we lost icons.
In memoriam, hit the flip to see 10 of the most devastating losses in black music history.
Classic Album Of The Day: Teddy Pendergrass "Life Is A Song Worth Singing" Taken from Windy's Records. Teddy Pendergrass' voice dominated mainstream R&B in the middle 70's as the lead vocalist for Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes. I remember thinking how weird it was that Harold Melvin was the headliner of the group but it was Pendergrass who sang all the leads. People thought at first that it was Melvin who possessed the awesomely gruff and soulful voice which anchored and delivered all the great hits the group had in those days. Such confusion generated derision between Pendergrass and Melvin and by '77 Pendergrass left the group to begin a solo career. It was a wise decision. His self titled debut yielded 3 strong hits with: "You Can't Hide From Yourself", "I Don't Love You Anymore" and "The More I Get The More I Want". It was ample proof of Teddy's star power as a solo act. 'Life Is A Song Worth Singing', his second album, was a confident followup that pulled Teddy's rising star even higher into the stratosphere of black celebrity. Understand: Everybody wanted Pendergrass to win. He was an affable bear of a man with a striking masculinity, not just in his astonishing voice, but in his entire demeanor. His sexual energy drove female fans to the brink of sanity and his uptempo scorchers spoke his male fans truth in the passionate way they wanted that truth delivered. Pendergrass at his height was the most striking soul shouter since Otis Redding. When he sang a song he imbued it with such a strong life force that every word leapt out of the stereo with resonate power, and yet for all his masculine bravado, he just as easily lay bare his tender heart. This album, like all the early solo efforts, was created with all the magic funky power of the sound of Philly International's formidable production. They created much of their best work to showcase Pendergrass properly, and cuts like "Only You", "Get Up, Get Funky, Get Loose", "When Somebody Loves You Back" and possibly his greatest ballad, my favorite song by him, "Close The Door" reveal the true perfection of that blend. Funky Cold Medina… #BBSCAOTD