On this day in music history: June 12, 1979 – “Teddy”, the third album by Teddy Pendergrass is released. Produced by Kenneth Gamble, Leon Huff, Thom Bell, Sherman Marshall, Gene McFadden and John Whitehead, it is recorded at Sigma Sound Studios in Philadelphia, PA from December 1978 – March 1979. Coming off of the Double Platinum selling success of his second album “Life Is A Song Worth Singing”, Teddy Pendergrass returns to the studio to begin recording his third release at the end of 1978. Working once again with Philly International co-founders Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, and label staff producers including Thom Bell (The Spinners, The Stylistics) and McFadden & Whitehead, the album is a mixture of uptempo dance floor burners and the lush, sexy slow jams that have made Pendergrass a worldwide sex symbol. Released to an enthusiastic response, it quickly becomes Teddy Pendergrass’ highest charting album in the US. It spins off two singles including “Turn Off The Lights” (#2 R&B, #48 Pop) and “Come Go With Me” (#14 R&B). The album is supported by an extensive tour of the US, including a now legendary multi-night stand at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles, that is also recorded for the double live album “Live! Coast To Coast” released at the end of 1979. Originally released on CD in the late 80’s, it is remastered and reissued in 1993 by EMI/Right Stuff Records. It is remastered and reissued again by UK reissue label Big Break Records in 2016, containing four additional bonus tracks including the single edits of “Turn Off The Lights”, “Come Go With Me”, “Do Me” and “If You Know Like I Know”. “Teddy” spends eight weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B album chart, peaking at number five on the Top 200, and is certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA.
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