A World Of Love, A Life Of Joy #RomanticTuesday

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.

14 Replies to “A World Of Love, A Life Of Joy #RomanticTuesday”

    1. Wow, Joan! Thank you! Yes, Teddy had a great voice. He started out as the drummer for Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, but once they heard him sing, he was pushed out front. I’m glad that you liked today’s song.

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  1. So…..
    You know I hollered when I saw this one.
    Takes me back to days when Mama’nem (including my Twin’s Mama) was sipping on a cocktail and swaying to the music. “Said it’s soooo goood…”
    Twin, which was first, this one or “I don’t love you anymore”? LOL!!!!!
    …..”It’s just that simple….”

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    1. Eva and Pearl swaying and singing along! LOL!!!!

      “I Don’t Love You Anymore” was first, by the way. It was his first solo single after he left Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes. And started a chain of “for women only” concerts down the road LOL!!!

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      1. Oh I bet they would be! I’d join them! (but for the fact that my mother ain’t letting me sip on anything stronger than Kool-Aid back then) 😂😂

        I love that song, Twin! That’s one of my favorite Teddy slow jams!

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  2. Let me get in on the party… I know I am a few days late…been working hard for some coin.

    When I saw that you posted a Teddy Pendergrass song, I knew that somehow I am the triplet of the wonder twins. I have had Teddy Pendergrass on my mind for days now. I have been listening to “Love TKO” “Turn Off the Lights.” and “If You Don’t Know Me by Now.” It’s been Teddy (and Patti and Ashford and Simpson) on my drive to work. I was telling my coworker about my playlist and he said, “Teddy was my second cousin.” WHAT??? I literally almost drove off the road! Sure enough, Teddy was born where my co-worker grew up, in Kingstree, SC, bdefore he moved to Philly as an infant.
    I’d all but forgotten about “Hold Me” with Whitney. That was a good one! Great song! Great post!

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    1. Get your paper, Lex!

      There is no late, when good music has no expiration date! Neither do my posts (uh, unless I go nuclear and blow up this whole blog). Come thru as often as you like and say your piece!

      I’m sure Gwin won’t mind if you consider yourself a Triplet! Thanks for your comment and the kind words. Nothing like one of those old school Labor Day cookouts to fire up some inspiration…LOL

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