“Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy! Live in ‘79” is a DVD containing
concert footage and interviews about Teddy Pendergrass
(1950-2010) who rose to fame during the mid 1970’s, as
a member of Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. After 1976,
he left the group for a successful solo career, selling five
platinum albums in a row, which were released from 1977
through 1981. Sidelined by a paralyzing motor vehicle
accident in 1982, Pendergrass rebounded within two years,
and amazingly continued his award-winning career from
The 26-minute interview that was included as a bonus feature
was conducted presumably during 2002, and allowed
Pendergrass to candidly recount these events. This interview
complemented the 1979 concert that was given at the
Sahara Hotel in Lake Tahoe, thereby placing Pendergrass’ life
and career in perspective.
The hour-long concert not only featured a number of
Teddy Pendergrass hits, but also provided a showcase for
his excellent band consisting of three brass players, as well
as personnel on guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and
saxophone. Three female backup singers supported
Pendergrass’ soulful vocals.
Audience participation was also a part of the show,
with Pendergrass allowing a few ladies to have their chance
at the microphone, with predictably mixed results. No matter,
since the aim of the concert was to allow everyone to
have a good time.
I personally liked Pendergrass’ soulful delivery and for me,
the overall “vibe” of the concert recaptured the 1970’s,
while acquainting me with an artist that I’d never noticed
before. I’m glad that I watched this DVD.