R&B and singer-songwriter best known as the lead singer in the group Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes. He was nominated for five Grammy Awards, including for his hit song "Close the Door."
He was ordained as a minister at the age of ten. One of his first groups was Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes.
He was paralyzed from the waist down after undergoing a horrific car accident. He founded the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a group that helps people with spine injuries.
He married Karen Still in July 1987, but they divorced in 2002. He remarried Joan Williams in 2006.
The media used to call him the Black Elvis Presley.