I never thought that Teddy Pendergrass would be helpful with math. But in the song “When Somebody Loves You Back,” Teddy taught us about a fifty-fifty love. Not to mention what was wrong with seventy-thirty, or sixty-forty, or even the dreaded eighty-twenty split.
Today’s #RomanticTuesday song is “When Somebody Loves You Back” by Teddy Pendergrass.
Isn’t a relationship best when people share equally in love? Despite your differences and quirks, you make it work by giving the same amount of love. It’s what Teddy references when he explains how good love is when somebody loves you back, much as you love them. I’m sure many of us can remember past relationships where the percentages were much like those Pendergrass lists in the song. Inevitably, those relationships don’t work, do they?
Teddy Pendergrass came to fame as the lead singer for Philly soul group Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. It was his powerful baritone voice that was heard fronting such classics as “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “The Love I Lost,” “Bad Luck” and “Wake Up Everybody.” Pendergrass left the group in 1976 and went solo. His first album Teddy Pendergrass, was a smash, landing in the R&B top 5 with two top twenty R&B singles. His second album Life Is A Song Worth Singing, with its #1 R&B hit “Close The Door,” established him as a heartthrob (or sex symbol, depending upon your preference).
Pendergrass was one of the most popular R&B singers of his time when he was involved in an automobile accident in 1982 that left him partially paralyzed. His voice was never quite the same, but he continued singing and recording albums, even having several top ten R&B hits afterward. His first of those after his accident was a duet with a young Whitney Houston, “Hold Me.” Sadly, Pendergrass passed away in 2010 at the age of 59.
Today’s song is taken from his second album, but it was never released as a single. Yet it was played many times on Quiet Storm shows and during all hours of the day on R&B radio. I know I certainly heard it a lot back in the day. It is still beloved by many fans of R&B, even today. I was at a cookout on Sunday and the DJ played this song. Lots of people were singing along (me included). Especially when he referenced those percentages. Who knows? Maybe that was some kind of spark for me to like math.
I hope you enjoy today’s #RomanticTuesday song, and thanks for reading and listening.