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“In Memory of Teddy P…”

Posted by Oak Jones on January 14, 2010

When I was about 8 years old, my father told me something that was eerily prophetic. He said: “Son, all my heroes are dead. One day, all of your will be too.” At the time, I didn’t quite understand what he meant, but as most things do, it all made sense with age and maturity. As the years go by, many people will come in and out of our lives, some leaving more lasting impressions than others. I’ve learned to cherish the moments that you have with close friends and family, because you only get one life… and by God it’s a short one.

With many of us still mourning the death of Michael Jackson, another legend left us at the age of 59 last night; the great Teddy Pendergrass. It is still unknown the exact cause of death, but the details are pending at presstime. The Grammy-nominated singer had been battling cancer for a few years, along with being a quadriplegic due to the devastating car accident he suffered in 1982. Since then, he was actively involved in improving the lives of others living with spinal cord injuries through the Spinal Cord Injury Association. He also recorded a duet with Whitney Houston on her self-titled debut in 1985. I for one can say that Mr. Pendergrass was responsible for more African-American births (hell, babies in general…) than most hospitals on the east coast. Whenever you heard his voice, it was almost as if he was intimately speaking to whoever was in the room; and that is a talent that only few musicians possess. Rather he wanted you to close the door when spending quality time with that special someone, or preaching about the knockouts from some of his past loves; everything was always genuine… and from the heart.

So with all of that being said, Teddy P., we will forever miss you. Even though you’re gone, through your music, you’ll continue to live on… Be safe y’all, and cherish the moment.

– Oak

Oh yeah, here’s some classics for your listening pleasure

Watch: Close The Door

Watch: Love TKO

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