R.I.P. – Bobby Charles & Teddy Pendergrass

Bobby Charles

The music world has lost two giants this week – singer/songwriter Bobby Charles, and R&B singer Teddy Pendergrass.   Charles, writer of “Walkin’ To New Orleans” and “See You Later Alligator,” also cut a highly regarded solo album in 1972 with members of the Band.  His songs have been recorded by the Band, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles and Kris Kristofferson.

Bobby Charles obituary in the Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Story from 2007 on Bobby Charles in the New Orleans Times Picayune

MP3: “Small Town Talk” by Bobby Charles

MP3: “I’m That Way” by Bobby Charles

MP3: “Grow Too Old” by Bobby Charles

MP3: “See You Later Alligator” by Bobby Charles

Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass also passed this week, at age 59.  He spent his last 28 years in a wheelchair after being injured in a car crash.  He was lead singer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, and after leaving that group in 1975 he became a million-selling solo hitmaker.

An appreciation of Teddy Pendergrass from the Los Angeles Times

MP3: “Don’t Leave Me This Way” by Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes

YouTube: “When Somebody Loves You Back” by Teddy Pendergrass

One Response to “R.I.P. – Bobby Charles & Teddy Pendergrass”

  1. I’m really sorry to hear about these passings. I loved the music of both these great talents. I know you are possibly Bobby Charles’ biggest fan, so I’m sure your sense of loss is huge. I’m going to toast both these guys at lunch today.

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