Friday, June 21, 2013

"Love T.K.O." by Teddy Pendergrass

Song#:  0421
Date:  11/29/1980
Debut:  85
Peak:  44
Weeks:  13
Genre:  R&B, Quiet Storm

Pop Bits:  The second single from Pendergrass' "TP" album did better than its first "Can't We Try" (#52 pop, #3 R&B) by almost going Top 40 at pop and reaching #2 at R&B. Although it wasn't his biggest pop or R&B hit, it has become one of his most recognizable songs and one that has been covered by many artists including Hall & Oates, Bette Midler, Seal, and Michael McDonald.

ReduxReview:  I'm a little surprised this didn't peak higher. It just seems like one of those songs that at least went Top 20. It's a nice slow jam that sizzles right along. Pendergrass was a great singer, but I wasn't always in love with his material. This one is an exception and probably my favorite of his solo songs.

ReduxRating:  7/10

Trivia:  The original version of this song was done by soul singer David Oliver and came out in 1980 prior to Pendergrass' version. It appeared on Oliver's final album "Here's to You" (he passed away in 1982). His most well-known single was the #13 R&B hit "Ms." in 1978.


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