The late 1970s R&B and Soul belonged to Teddy Pendergrass.
After a successful run with Harold & The Blue Notes (a run that is rumored to ended due to Melvin’s alleged jealousy of Pendergrass), Pendergrass set out to find an audience and that he did–and they were waiting on him, millions of women across the globe.
Pendergrass would go on to become one of the music industry’s most beloved solo performers of all-time.
Even after a widely covered (and sensationalized) 1982 car accident left him confined to a wheelchair, Pendergrass continued to perform in front of adoring audiences.
He passed away in 2010 at the age of just 59.
Take a peek at one of the earliest ever R&B videos from 1978, Close The Door.