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

– Transgender Woman in Accident with the Late Finally Speaks Out

“TeddyIn 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 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


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.

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