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<p>&nbsp;</p><p>Philly native Teddy Pendergrass has died at the tender age 59.&nbsp; The specific circumstances leading to Teddy&rsquo;s death have not yet been reported, but he had been in the hospital for the past several months after undergoing colon cancer surgery.&nbsp; Teddy&rsquo;s son, Teddy Pendergrass II, reported that the recovery since his father&rsquo;s surgery had not been going very well.&nbsp; In 1982, Teddy was in a car accident that left him paralyzed from the waist down.&nbsp; While he maintained a career on some level, his signature voice that we loved in the 70s an 80s was not quite the same.</p><p>I&rsquo;m dumbfounded.&nbsp; We are losing so many great artists over the past year that, in my mind, are irreplaceable.&nbsp; How many of us might&rsquo;ve been conceived to the smooth tune of &ldquo;Love TKO&rdquo; or &ldquo;Come Go With Me&rdquo; or &ldquo;Turn Out the Lights&rdquo; back in the day?&nbsp; Losing Teddy is up there with Luther Vandross in my books.</p><p>Here&rsquo;s a video for &ldquo;Wake Up Everybody&rdquo; on the legendary show Soul Train (see also &ldquo;VH1 Rock Docs presents: Soul Train- The hippest trip in America) from when Teddy was the lead singer in Harold Melvin and the Bluenotes.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s a song I remember that my mom would sing sometimes coming into my room to wake me up in the morning as a kid, although the song had so much more meaning than that.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s as applicable today as it was back in 1975.</p><p>&nbsp;</p>