Archive for Teddy Pendergrass

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

Posted in News with tags , , , , on January 15, 2010 by 30daysout

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

Review: “Soul Speak,” Michael McDonald

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , on June 26, 2008 by 30daysout

Michael McDonald has one of the most distinctive and best voices in rock and R&B. His last two discs of Motown classics were instant smashes and both sold millions. His latest, Soul Speak, follows the same the formula (although not strictly Motown), but sounds very tired.

McDonald seems to labor through classics like Stevie Wonder’s “Livin’ for the City,” Aretha Franklin’s “I Knew You Were Waiting,” Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher,” and the Teddy Pendergrass hit “Love TKO.” The few bright spots include his take on Van Morrison’s “Into the Mystic and Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” which seems to be recorded a lot these days. He does offer a couple of new original songs, “Only God Can Help Me Now,” and “Can’t Get Over You (Getting Over Me),” but both are forgettable.

I’ve always thought that if you are going to record someone else’s material you have to either do it better or at least different. Unfortunately, McDonald doesn’t do either on the majority of the tracks on Soul Speak.

MP3: Into the Mystic

MP3: Only God Can Help Me Now

Michael McDonald Official Website