#77: Teddy Pendergrass 'Close The Door'


Teddy Pendergrass has been making quite a few appearances on SoulBounce lately, and I promise it's not because of my overt fascination with him. Teddy was always the man you could count on to get your parents into the right mood. As we older heads grew up with his voice in the background, we began to recognize his power for setting the night off right as we matured. Teddy didn't always sing slow jams perfect for candlelight dinners with a side of Champale, but he was at his best when he did. "Close The Door" is one of Teddy's best. His tone was more than serious to close the door, light a candle and, as for the lights, "Turn 'em off!" And his fans more than complied when "Close The Door" spent two weeks at #1 on the R&B charts in 1978, only to be ousted by Rick James' "You and I." Ask an elder if you ever want any insight into the masculine prowess he commanded when he was on a stage during his tank top-gold chain heyday. Better yet, you can watch Teddy in action as he grunts, cajoles, and masterfully sings that he "knows what to do with it" once that door is indeed closed.  

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