Archive for the ‘70’s Singers’ Category

Teddy Prendergrass


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Theodore DeReese Pendergrass
Born March 26, 1950
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died January 13, 2010 (aged 59)
Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, United States
Genres R&B, soul, jazz
Occupations Singer, songwriter, composer
Instruments Vocals, piano, guitar, drums
Years active 1972–2008
Labels Philadelphia International, Asylum, Elektra, Surefire/Wind Up
Associated acts Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes
Website Official website
Theodore DeReese “Teddy” Pendergrass (March 26, 1950 – January 13, 2010) was an American R&B/soul singer and songwriter. He first rose to fame as lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes in the 1970s before a successful solo career at the end of the decade. In 1982, Pendergrass was severely injured in an auto accident in Philadelphia, resulting in his being paralyzed from the chest down. He subsequently founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a foundation that helps those with spinal cord injuries. He commemorated 25 years of living after his spinal cord injury with the star-filled event, “Teddy 25 – A Celebration of Life”, at Philadelphia’s Kimmel Center. His last performance was on a PBS special at Atlantic City’s Borgata Casino in November 2008.

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Sister Sledge

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Genres
R&B disco pop
Years active 1971–present
Website sistersledge.com
Members
Debbie Sledge
Joni Sledge
Kim Sledge
Past members Kathy Sledge (1971–89)
Sister Sledge is an American musical group from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Formed in 1971, the group was originally composed of sisters Debbie, Joni, Kathy and Kim Sledge. With Kathy leaving in 1989 the group have since operated as a trio (with Kathy occasionally re-joining for one-off performances and several releases in the 1990s). Having enjoyed marginal success in Europe during the middle of the decade, mainstream success was achieved when breakthrough album We Are Family was released in 1979.

Symbolizing strong family values, the siblings became global superstars at the height of the disco era. The group is mostly known for the anthem, “We Are Family” and hit songs “He’s the Greatest Dancer”, “Lost in Music”, their version of “My Guy”, and “Frankie”. Still performing energetic stage shows and producing music today, Sister Sledge performed for Pope Francis in Philadelphia, PA IN September 2015. The group have performed in six of the world’s seven continents.

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Vicki Lawrence

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Vicki Ann Axelrad
March 26, 1949 (age 66)
Inglewood, California, United States
Nationality American
Other names Vicki Lawrence Schultz
Education Morningside High School
Occupation Actress, Comedienne, Singer, Dancer, Writer
Years active 1967–present
Spouses Bobby Russell (m. 1972–74)
Al Schultz (m. 1974)
Children Courtney Schultz
Garrett Schultz
Website Official website
Vicki Ann Lawrence (born March 26, 1949, sometimes credited as Vicki Lawrence Schultz) is an American actress, comedienne and singer. She is known for the many characters she originated on CBS’s The Carol Burnett Show where she appeared from 1967 to 1978, for the entire series run. One such character, The Family matriarch Thelma Harper/Mama, would later be the central character of the television situation comedy series Mama’s Family on NBC and, later, in first-run syndication.

In 1973, she became a one-hit wonder on the U.S. chart with “The Night the Lights Went Out in Georgia”. It reached #1 on both the United States and Canada top charts.

She is credited with co-authoring two books.

She has multiple Emmy Award nominations, winning one in 1976. She is also a multiple Golden Globe nominee, all for The Carol Burnett Show.

She has made multiple appearances in Television shows such as Laverne and Shirley, The Love Boat, Murder She Wrote, Roseanne, Diagnosis Murder and with friend and co-star Tim Conway in Yes, Dear. She most recently played Mamaw in Hannah Montana.

Lawrence has made numerous post-Mama’s Family guest TV show appearances in her famed Thelma Harper/Mama role. On February 5, 2013, Lawrence appeared as the character in a special sketch for “Betty White’s 2nd Annual 90th Birthday.” In addition, Lawrence regularly hosts a non-televised stage show titled Vicki Lawrence & Mama: A Two-Woman Show.

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