His voice, his live performances, those classic songs — [artist id=”14014″]Teddy Pendergrass[/artist] left a rich legacy. The legendary R&B singer, who died on Wednesday of colon cancer at the age of 59, left a lasting influence that has been evident since his star began to sparkle in the 1970s.
Kanye West sampled Pendergrass from his Harold Melvin and the Blue Note days on Jay-Z’s “This Can’t Be Life.” When Usher guest-starred on Cam’ron’s “Feels Good,” he mirrored Pendergrass’ hook from “When Somebody Loves You Back.” Many others, from Nelly to Mobb Deep, have used Teddy’s music. And on Thursday morning (January 14), the music community took to Twitter to display their love for the great singer.
“R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass — my latest greatest inspiration,” Outkast’s Big Boi wrote.
Tyrese, who showed a twitpic of him with the soul legend at Pendergrass’ wedding, wrote a series of messages.
“I’M SAD,” he said. “I was just informed from Teddy Pendergrass’ wife that Teddy is no longer us with us … Rest in heaven.”
“Celebrate our legends while they’re still with us,” Tyrese urged. “I spent many weeks with him … Teddy I HONOR you and thank you for making R&B raspy sexy!! … “RIMH” Rest in musical heaven … Teddy Pendergrass, you will forever be missed but NEVER forgotten…”
“I woke up to Teddy Pendergrass being gone,” Jazzy Jeff lamented. “We lost another great … Rip my friend … Teddy gave me advice when I 1st started … Very sad day.”
“R.I.P. Teddy Pendergrass,” Keri Hilson said on her page. http://twitter.com/MissKeribaby
“Sad loss,” Roots drummer ?uestlove said. “Just heard the immortal Teddy Pendergrass has just gone to a better place. Soul will never be the same.”
?uest celebrate Pendergrass’ music by posting a series of Teddy’s greatest hits on Twitter, as did Q-Tip on his on Twitter page. Tip posted songs like “Wake Up Everybody” and “Feel The Fire.”
“May we all find comfort in the legacy of the music he left on the Earth,” fellow soul legend Teena Marie advised on her Twitter page. “… RIP … Teddy P.”