Saturday, May 31, 2014

"You're My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration" by Teddy Pendergrass

Song#:  0867
Date:  01/09/1982
Debut:  83
Peak:  43
Weeks:  11
Genre:  R&B, Quiet Storm


Pop Bits:  Pendergrass' previous album, "TP," was another platinum success that featured the #2 R&B hit "Love T.K.O." (#44 pop). His follow-up LP "It's Time for Love" got off to a slower start when its first single, "I Can't Live Without Your Love" failed to make the pop chart (but did get to #10 at R&B). This second single did better and came close to entering the Top 40. It got up to #4 at R&B and helped the album get to gold status, but it halted his streak of four consecutive platinum studio albums.

ReduxReview:  Working with the Gamble and Huff songwriting/production team, Pendergrass always seems to raise their work to another level. I don't think this is one of Gamble and Huff's best compositions, but what sells the song is Pendergrass' performance. He basically makes this slow burner worthwhile.

ReduxRating:  6/10

Trivia:  Pendergrass had worked with Gamble and Huff long before his solo career. After he joined Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes in 1970, the group was signed to Gamble and Huff's label, Philadelphia International. By 1972, they had their first major hit with Gamble and Huff's "If You Don't Know Me By Now" (#1 R&B, #3 pop), which featured lead vocals by Pendergrass.


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