In March of 1982, Teddy Pendergrass was arguably the most popular black recording artist in the world, and the first artist of any color to achieve five consecutive multi-platinum albums. He’d shot to stardom as the singer for Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, putting his stamp on Gamble & Huff classics like "If You Don’t Know Me By Now," then elevating to even greater success on his own to become an icon of romantic balladry, and a role model for seductive male singers that remains a defining image to this day. But a tragic car accident left Teddy paralyzed from the neck down, robbing him of the sexual appeal that had made his ladies only concerts so popular, and forever changing the character of his music, and his life. On an exclusive episode of Unsung Teddy’s friends, his wife and children, his musical peers and closest associates share their stories of life with the star and we learn how that tragic accident changed Teddy from a vain, sexually charged seducer to a generous and thoughtful romantic.

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