A new documentary coming to UK cinemas next year
‘Don’t Leave Me This Way‘, ‘If You Don’t Know Me By Now‘, ‘Turn Off The Lights‘ and ‘Come Go With Me‘ are just some of the gems given to the world by Teddy Pendergrass. Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me is a documentary that offers a long overdue tribute to the soul legend, charting his success, tragedy and subsequent comeback. Despite being one the most important black musicians during soul’s golden age, he perhaps doesn’t get the praise he deserves due to the accident that so heavily affected his career. Hopefully the film can help readdress some of that. Check out the trailer above for Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me to get a first look.
The film is the untold and ultimately inspiring story of legendary soul singer Teddy Pendergrass, the man who was poised to become the biggest R&B artist of all time until the tragic accident that changed his life. He was first solo male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums inthe US, but his career was struck by tragedy in 1982 when a car accident left him paralysed at the age of just 31. Featuring revealing interviews with his family, friends and colleagues the documentary captures Teddy’s rise to fame against the complex backdrop of 60s America and his victorious comeback after his life-changing accident.
Olivia Lichtenstein directs, with the documentary also featuring the legendary Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (the producers behind the Philadelphia soul movement).
Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me opens in UK cinemas on February 22nd 2019.
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