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Transgender Woman in Car with Teddy Pendergrass Tells her side of the Story


Teddy Pendergrass Car Accident – Transgender Woman in Accident with the Late Teddy Pendergrass Finally Speaks Out

In 1982, Teddy Pendergrass was on top of the world. He had just exited the group that gave him his start, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes.

There was supposedly dissension with the leader of the group Harold Melvin, who many industry people state was jealous of Teddy’s appeal with the ladies and his stellar talent.

Teddy had put the group on the map and now it was time to pursue a solo career. He was almost instantly a huge soul singing sensation who had to duck panties and bras flying on stage from women in the audience who would have given life and limb to be with him.

A black man having a relationship with a transgender woman, even today in a world of more acceptance, is still considered taboo and fodder for supreme ridicule, but adding that the man is a successful hardcore-masculine-ladies-man-superstar-soul-singer in 1982 was beyond comprehension and an instant career-ender. Women were CRAZY for Teddy Pendergrass and the scandal all but left their sexual quests for him catatonic. They realized THEY really DIDN’T know Teddy Pendergrass… by now!  

And perhaps they never, never, never REALLY knew him.  At the height of his career, Teddy Pendergrass saw all hell break loose in one night.  Seeing a transgendered prostitute named Tenika Watson at a club in 1982, the singer spoke to her and was ready to leave and so was she. They got in the car and the rest is R&B history.

Teddy Pendergrass Car Accident with Tenika Watson

The world of marketing and promotion can often be unfortunate because it turns humans into products with no error stamps (at least back then) and while a man or woman should be able to date and have a relationship with whoever they want, female fans felt that Teddy was theirs and he owed it to them to be who THEY wanted him to be, after all, they were buying his albums, weren’t they?

Just when fans were trying to get a grip on the news that he was paralyzed in the accident the additional shock that there was a transgendered woman in the car with him sealed his industry future and fate. Teddy Pendergrass had to have been absolutely devastated by the scandal that not only left him paralyzed but also desecrated his career as a successful R&B singing ladies man.

He never addressed the situation and in the years following much speculation and distasteful jokes were made endlessly penalizing Teddy for the situation.


On the night of the Teddy Pendergrass Car Accident, Tenika Watson, a transgender woman, and former prostitute describe what really happened the night she got into the car with Pendergrass more than 30 years ago.

 In this video clip, it is evident, according to Tenika, that she and Teddy were having a lengthy affair and they had not just met that night … she states she met him in the 70s before the accident happened in 1982. In addition, it appears Teddy’s car may have been rigged by an enemy (enemies) per Tenika’s description of what happened that night while he was in the club.

While she doesn’t speak of it in this clip it also appears that Dr J’s ex-wife, Turquoise Erving, was not in the car as speculated for years. Since they were leaving a club, that part may or may not be true.
Through it all, you have to give credit to Teddy for his courage and determination.

He knew his career would never be the same but he continued to record, even reaching number 2 on the R&B charts with Joy, years after the accident. He lived more than 20 years after the accident when doctors predicted he would only live for 7.

This is the second time in recent weeks that the late Teddy Pendergrass has been in the news, recently his son was accused of submitting a false will on Teddy’s behalf. Also, Teddy’s old label in Philly has been torn down here. (see video clip below)


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  8. Nasty rumors as far as I am concerned, but whether or not they really are, the fact remains that Teddy was an extremely talented, extremely tenacious artist who should be remembered for that most soul stirring, soul warming music that he made so well. Rest in peace, Teddy✌️

    • Well said, if only it was NOW 2016 Teddy wouldn’t have to hide his love for her no matter her transgender status we live in a world (thank goodness) equality for all.Someday, kids in school will learn in history not everyone had the right to marry they will be in shock!

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  10. What happened to Kathleen Battle, Marian Anderson, Leontyne Price, Sarah Vaughn and Billie Holiday. It’s foolhardy to attempt to place a 10 limit on such a huge set. It’s even more foolhardy and even contemptuous to limit it to one type of singer as if black female singers only sing R & B.

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  13. Where is Diana Ross? Tena Marie ain’t black but if Maria Carey is on your list Tena Marie should be on it before her. All female singers come AFTER Aretha Franklin. I strongly suggest that you quit making lists.Because you got this all wrong.

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  15. Kev Ross,You wrote an article for RFFocus titled Undeniable Top 12 Best Black Female Singers of all time. This is BS, because your opinion doesn’t make it a fact. You just hear things differently and by a few of the women you included…you don’t hear too well. This is your own little popularity picks of your favorite singers. So I’ll just call a Spade a Spade and burst you silly little bubble. FACTS…show me how this mess is a Fact.

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  18. “In this video clip, it is evident according to Tenika that her and Teddy were having a lengthy affair and they had not just met that night…” Why did the writer of this article include this sentence in the article? The person in the clip never said anything about a relationship. She said she met him once before the night of the accident and claims she “ran from him.” That’s it. There’s nothing here

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  20. It appears, that; behind the scene of every person that does something GREAT and EXTRAORDINARY,there Arises A Shadow of Darkness that tries to destroy their Legacy and the EXTRAORDINARY BRILLIANCE and Brightness of that person’s life and what they’ve brought to the WORLD STAGE.***(There always appears ANOTHER SCENE).

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  23. Teddy Pendergrass was one of the best singers of all time right up there with Barry White. RIP Teddy and Barry both of you were the greatest.

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  25. Who cares! His talent and soothing voice makes up for it! My beautiful daughter was created to “TURN OFF THE LIGHTS” RIP Teddy

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  28. To his widow, don’t be selfish. Why not give his 3 kids money you can’t spend it all, and if you did would it give you peace. I don’t think so. His 3 kids not matter how they got here were deeply loved by him and he lved them. They also had to witness and take care of him. You did not. He would really want this even if he left everything to you , his mind snd health would not let him think straight.PLEAS DO THE RIGHT THING and bring peace to yourself and his kids.Iknow how it feels to be alone with your family especially your kids.

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