Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me by Now

2018

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don't Know Me by Now

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The iconic singer, also known as the "Black Elvis," was raised in poverty in Philadelphia and rose to fame in the early '70s as the lead singer for the band Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. After achieving global success with hits such as 'Don't Leave Me This Way' and 'If You Don't Know Me By Now," Pendergrass launched his solo career and recorded classic songs including 'Love T.K.O' and 'Turn Off the Lights.' He became the first black male singer to record five consecutive multi-platinum albums in the US. In 1982, at the age of 31, the singer was left paralysed following a car accident and retired from the public eye for three years. He eventually returned to the stage and recorded Top Ten R&B hits and gold albums into the '90s including 'Love Language,' which included hit single, 'Hold Me,' featuring Whitney Houston. Pendergrass died in 2010 following respiratory failure. The filmmakers will interview his family, friends, and industry legends including his mother, Ida, and three children, Teddy Jnr, Tisha and LaDonna, as well as producers Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, creators of the 'Philadelphia Sound,' sole surviving member of the Blue Notes' Lloyd Parks, Stevie Wonder, Patti LaBelle and LaToya Jackson. With rarely seen archive footage and a soulful soundtrack, the documentary will capture Pendergrass' rise to fame against the backdrop of the American civil rights movement and his victorious comeback after his life-changing accident.

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  • It's a remarkable story, but more complicated than this makes it sound.

    February 22, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • Lichtenstein's documentary tells the story of one of soul's rawest and sexiest voices.

    February 6, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…
  • The film is a success, for two reasons: It gets across Pendergrass' unique appeal, and it's full of great stories by musical old timers and the singer's other collaborators. (Philadelphia Weekly)

    November 14, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • The film benefits greatly from the participation of the singer's mother, Ida, who is now 100-years-old, and his former dancers, backup singers, and colleagues.

    November 14, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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