I received an e-mail this morning from a pen pal in Long Island who mentioned that 70's R & B icon Teddy Pendergrass had passed away after a bout with colon cancer at 59.
What I didn't know, in reading some articles in the interim, was that Pendergrass had been a drummer-vocalist for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, and before that, manned the drums for the Cadillacs. What I do know, though, is that Pendergrass' solo career nearly crashed, literally, when he was paralyzed from the waist down after a 1982 accident. He would appear at Live Aid in 1985, but scaled back his concert tours until retiring in 2000, returning only for a 25th anniversary concert in his honor in '07.
Rest in peace, Teddy. You will be missed.