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Thursday, January 14, 2010

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Friday, January 15th, 2010

The Temptations

Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards - 8:00 pm

Price: $30-$40

Jan. 15: Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards. 8 p.m. Tickets: $30-$40. Sam's Town Casino, 1477 Casino Strip, Tunica, Miss. (800) 456-0711 or Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster. com

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Pre Martin Luther King Day Celebration

Featuring;
Peggy Scott Adams
Gregg Rose
Lady GG
Sonny Green
Music by Joe Kincaid and The Soul Brothers Band

Location: Hollywood Park and Casino
Street: 3883 Century Blvd 2nd Floor
City/Town: Inglewood Ca.
Phone: 323-363-9864 or 310-380-2800

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Sir Charles Jones and Floyd Taylor

8:00 pm

Price: $25-$35

Jan. 16: Sir Charles Jones and Floyd Taylor. 8 p.m. Tickets: $25-$35. Sam's Town Casino, 1477 Casino Strip, Tunica, Miss. (800) 456-0711 or Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster. com

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

T. K. Soul

January 16th - January 23rd - Carnival Cruise and TK Soul's Soul Ship IV - Belize, Honduras, and Cozumel

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Kenne Wayne

7:00 pm

Jan. 16, 2010
Doors open at 7:00pm
Baton Rouge, La

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Oak Palace

1ST ANNUAL ARTIST SHOWCASE featuring Vick Allen, Archie Love and Mr. Sam -

580 Stuart Ave.
Holly Springs Mississippi

Concert

Along with THE DUCHESS, UNEXPECTED, FALISA JANAYE' AND CANDY FOX

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

Hampton Blues Festival

6:00 pm

Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA Second Annual Hampton Blues Festival featuring Marvin Sease, Mel Waiters, Clarence Carter, Denise LaSalle, J. Blackfoot and Ms. Jody. Price: $39.50 Phone: (757) 838-4203 Age Suitability: None Specified

1000 Coliseum Drive
Hampton, VA, Virginia Beach 23666

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

Wing City

Memphis Tennessee

Don Valentine & the Hollywood Allstars featuring Nate Dogg and special guest every Sunday night. Doors open @ 7pm, showtime 8pm and admission only $8

Monday, January 18th, 2010

MLK Parade,Family Day & Concert
Lake Charles, Louisiana
10am until 12 midnight
Free to everyone

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010

The Whitehaven Celebration Complex

3270 Elvis Presley Blvd.
Memphis Tennessee 38116

Event: Masquerade Birthday Party
What: Birthday Party
Start Time: Saturday, January 23 at 8:00pm
End Time: Sunday, January 24 at 2:00am
Where: WHITEHAVEN CELEBRATION COMPLEX 3270 ELVIS PRESLEY

Sunday, January 24th, 2010

Wing City

Memphis Tennessee

Don Valentine & the Hollywood Allstars featuring Nate Dogg and special guest every Sunday night. Doors open @ 7pm, showtime 8pm and admission only $8

Monday, January 25th, 2010

Ric Jaz

Don't forget about Ric's next
OPEN JAM -
January 25, 2010
7pm-11pm:

University Golf Club
23520 Crawford Avenue
University Park, IL 60466
(708)747-0306 (708)747-0306

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

Bobby "Blue" Bland

Bobby Blue Bland - Birthday Bash, Sam's Town Casino, Tunica, MS. - 6:30 pm

Jan. 27: Bobby "Blue" Bland 80th Birthday Bash. 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $30. Sam's Town Casino, 1477 Casino Strip, Tunica, Miss. (800) 456-0711 or Ticketmaster, (800) 745-3000. ticketmaster. com

Bobby

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Falisa Janaye'

MiLaJa Records Presents Falisa JaNaye' CD Release Party

Starring Falisa JaNaye'

With Special Guest(s) Appearance

Kello Aman & Others TBA

Location: Whitehaven Entertainment Complex
Street: 3270 Elvis Presley Blvd.
City/Town: Memphis, TN
Phone: 901-679-4601

Friday, February 5th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010' -

Roy C, Sir Charles Jones, Mel Waiters, Theodis Ealey, J. Blackfoot, Shirley Brown - THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT TOUR 2010, Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC. Tickets: 336.852.1100.

Friday, February 5th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR -

The Blues Alright Tour 2010 - Nutter Center, Dayton, OH

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR -

Sir Charles Jones, Mel Waiters, Floyd Taylor, Theodis Ealey, J. Blackfoot, Shirley Brown, Marvin Sease - Atlanta Blues Festival - THE BLUES IS ALRIGHT TOUR 2010, Atlanta Civic Center, Atlanta, GA. Tickets: 800.745.3000.

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010' -

The Blues Alright Tour 2010 - Palace Theater, Columbus, OH

COLUMBUS

Saturday, February 6th, 2010

T. K. Soul

Harlow's Casino, Greenville, Ms

Friday, February 12th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

The Blues Alright Tour -

The Blues Alright Tour 2010 - Leon County Civic Center, Tallahassee, FL

TALLAHASSEE

Friday, February 12th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010' -

The Blues Alright Tour 2010 - Centurytel Center, Shreveport, LA

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010' -

The Blues Alright Tour 2010

Reliant Arena, Houston, TX

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010' -

The Blues Alright Tour 2010 - Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MS

BILOXI

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

The Charleston Blues Festival

8:00 PM

Shemekia Copeland, Zac Harmon"The Prince of Beale Street" Billy Gibson, and Dan Wright & The New Beat - The Charleston Blues Festival, 37 John Street, Charleston, South Carolina, Ticket Prices: $35, For further information:
Contact Steve Simon at 340-643-6475 or at 843-579-2886

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Peggy Scott-Adams, Willie Clayton, O. B. Buchana, Karen Wolfe, Steve Perry

Valentines Blues Show

Garrett Colliseum

Montgomery Alabama
7:00

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

T. K. Soul

Pensacola, FL

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

Anita Baker

Anita Baker

Desoto Civic Center

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010' -

The Blues Alright Tour 2010 - Johnny Mercer Theatre, Savannah, GA

SAVANNAH

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010'

THE BLUES ALRIGHT TOUR '2010' -

The Blues Alright Tour 2010 - Baton Rouge River Center

Baton Rouge, LA

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Al Green

8:00 pm

5 Seymour St
Montclair, NJ 07042-3317

(877) 935-5668
Doors open at 8:00PM

AL GREEN

Sunday, February 14th, 2010

Kenne Wayne

6:45 pm

February 14, 2010
Pensacolo Interstate Fairgrounds (Indoor) B.Y.O.B
Showtime at 6:45pm
Pensacola, Florida

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Teddy Pendergrass RIP

This came in this morning from Randy Alexander. the great Teddy Pendergrass has died.



***UPDATING TO INCLUDE FUNERAL ARRANGEMENTS***
For Immediate Release

January 14, 2010

TEDDY PENDERGRASS

March 26, 1950-January 13, 2010

THE SOUND OF PHILADELPHIA LOSES ONE OF ITS MOST POWERFUL VOICES

KENNY GAMBLE AND LEON HUFF, LEGENDARY PRODUCERS AND ROCK & ROLL

HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES, “DEEPLY SADDENED” BY DEATH OF “BEST FRIEND”

AND “ONE OF THE GREATEST”

PHILADELPHIA – TEDDY PENDERGRASS, one of the leading soul singers of all time and R&B’s reigning sex symbol in the 1970s and ‘80s, died last night following a prolonged illness.

The legendary, Grammy Award-nominated singer-songwriter, whose powerful vocals helped define The Sound of Philadelphia, first with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes before breaking out with an incendiary solo career, passed away at Bryn Mawr Hospital in suburban Philadelphia, where he had been hospitalized since August. He was 59.

The force of his masculine vocal prowess and sex appeal of his passionate love ballads forever linked Pendergrass to Philadelphia International Records like Marvin Gaye to Motown, Otis Redding to Stax/Volt and Sam Cooke to RCA.

Starting in 1972, Pendergrass propelled a string of hits with the Blue Notes such as "I Miss You," "Bad Luck," "Wake Up Everybody," and the two million seller "If You Don't Know Me By Now." In 1977, Pendergrass launched a solo career and continued the arsenal of hit singles that took him around the world with "Close the Door," "Turn Off the Lights," "I Don't Love You Anymore" “Love T.K.O.,” and many more, earning five Grammy nominations for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance. Together, his voice led a string of consecutive platinum records.

Pendergrass later became an inspirational figure to millions in the 28 years since he was left quadriplegic from a horrific 1982 car accident. He established the charitable Teddy Pendergrass Alliance (TPA) in 1987, and in 2007, formed a partnership with the National Spinal Cord Injury Association to help people with injuries during the early stages of recovery, which led to his recognition that year as one of the most influential SCI activists with his induction into the Spinal Cord Injury Association Hall of Fame.

In a joint statement, legendary producers and recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, who brought Philadelphia soul music ("The Sound of Philadelphia") to "people all over the world” said:

“Teddy Pendergrass was one of the greatest artists that the music industry has ever known, and there hasn’t been another one since. We’ve lost our voice and we’ve lost our best friend, but we’re thankful for what we had. It was beautiful. He was one of the best.”

Born in Kingstree, SC, and raised in Philadelphia, Theodore DeReese Pendergrass, Jr. dropped out of Overbrook High School in his junior year to pursue his musical dreams. In the late-’60s, he landed a gig as drummer with the great doo-wop group the Cadillacs. Around 1970, some of the members joined Harold Melvin in the Blue Notes. Teddy came along, but his strong vocal style – heavily influenced by Otis Redding and Marvin Junior of the Dells – soon got him promoted to lead singer. When Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes were signed to Philadelphia International in 1972, it was the beginning of a four-year string of hits, all showcasing Teddy’s dynamic vocals. They made their chart debut with, “I Miss You,” then their first #1 hit, “If You Don't Know Me By Now” and “The Love I Lost,” also #1, and their final #1, “Wake Up Everybody.” More Pendergrass-driven Blues Notes classics include “Bad Luck” (#4 R&B; #1 Dance) and “Don’t Leave Me This Way” and “Bad Luck.”

By 1976, Pendergrass’ star had risen into the stratosphere. He was a dominating, commanding figure for black America, and referred to at the time by Mr. Gamble as “the Black Elvis.” In fact, at the time of his accident, like Elvis, Pendergrass was readying to launch a Hollywood movie career, with Sidney Poitier set to mentor.

Pendergrass’ solo career began in spring 1977, with the solid R&B/pop crossover hit, “I Don’t Love You Anymore,” from his self-titled debut LP (also the source of his next crossover, “The Whole Town’s Laugh­ing At Me”), instantly sending his sex symbol status into the stratosphere. Women from around the world, of all racial backgrounds, would attend his concerts and literally throw themselves and their clothes on stage, just to get Pendergrass’ attention, or attract a kiss while he sang to them. He drove women so wild on stage, that he became the first artist to establish “for women only” concerts.

His second album, 1978’s Life Is A Song Worth Singing, brought his Philadelphia International Records a #1 hit, “Close The Door,” and the follow-up, “Only You” (plus such memorable tracks as “When Somebody Loves You Back,” “Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose,” and the title tune). The next album, 1979’s Teddy, kicked off with the #2 smash, “Turn Off The Lights,” followed on the charts by “Come Go With Me,” and also including “I’ll Never See Heaven Again.” After a double-LP live album that Christmas, Pendergrass came back in the summer 1980 with TP, containing his signature #2 hit “Love T.K.O.” and a duet with Stephanie Mills, “Feel The Fire.” The hit streak continued in late-’81 with the album It’s Time For Love, and another signature tune, the #4 hit “You’re My Latest, My Greatest Inspiration,” along with the title tune and “Nine Times Out Of Ten.”

After recording his next album, Pendergrass suffered a life-altering automobile accident on March 18, 1982, that left him partially paralyzed from the waist down with a spinal cord injury. A prophetic single was issued in May, “This Gift of Life,” from the new album that followed in August, This One’s For You. A lengthy rehabilitation followed, culmi­nat­ing in the release of his final (eighth) album for PIR in 1984, Heaven Only Knows (with his final PIR chart single, “I Want My Baby Back”). Later that year, Teddy moved to Asylum Records and rallied back onto the charts with Love Language, and his first crossover hit in three years, “Hold Me,” a duet with Whitney Houston.

Pendergrass’ comeback was celebrated with his heroic performance at the Live Aid concert in his native Philadelphia on July 13, 1985. He went on to release four more albums through the ’90s on Asylum and its sister label Elektra, among them Joy (1988) and Truly Blessed (1991, which spun off the #1 R&B hit, “It Should’ve Been You”). Pendergrass continued on occasion to perform, most recently at the June 2007 Philadelphia concert, “Teddy 25 – A Celebration of Life, Hope and Possibilities,” and lead various philanthropic ventures.

At "Teddy 25," at which he announced “instead of being saddened by this milestone,” he was “deeply overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude to all the people who have helped me overcome the many fears and difficulties I would ultimately encounter as a disabled person." To celebrate his milestone, Philadelphia International Records released THE ESSENTIAL TEDDY PENDERGRASS. The double-disc set marked two anni­versaries – 35 years since his first recordings as lead singer with Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes (starting in 1972, with “I Miss You” and the #1 “If You Don't Know Me By Now”), and 30 years since Pendergrass’ emergence as a solo artist in 1977 (“I Don’t Love You Anymore,” from his self-titled debut album that year).

Pendergarss’ songs have been sampled by numerous soul and R&B artists, and have used in a number of TV commercials and films around the world, including the "Nutty Professor, Old Navy and Chevrolet.

Gamble & Huff wrote over 3,000 songs within 35 years, including R&B #1 hits, pop #1 hits, gold and platinum records, Grammy winners and BMI songwriters' awards honorees. Featured prominently in television programs ("The Apprentice"), films ("The Nutty Professor") and advertising spots (Verizon, Old Navy, The Gap) for more than 30 years, Gamble and Huff's songs have entered the musical DNA of contemporary culture. In fact, one of their songs is played on the radio somewhere in the world every 13.5 minutes. With a stable core of artists led by the O'Jays, Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, Billy Paul, MFSB and the Three Degrees, Gamble and Huff co-founded Philadelphia International Records and created monster hits almost from the first day of its inception. Songs they have written and produced together, like "Back Stabbers," "Love Train," "For The Love Of Money," "If You Don't Know Me By Now," "Cowboys to Girls," "Don't Leave Me This Way," "Enjoy Yourself," "I'm Gonna Make You Love Me," "Only the Strong Survive" and "TSOP," have received songwriters' awards from Broadcast Music International (BMI). All told, the Gamble-Huff/PIR music machine has generated over 100 Gold and Platinum records and over 70 #1 hits.

In 1999, four years after being inducted into the National Academy of Songwriters' Hall of Fame, Gamble & Huff were honored by the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences with the Trustees Award for their extensive body of work, both as producer and songwriter, and their contribution to the entire fabric of popular music. In 2008, Gamble & Huff were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Gamble & Huff also have appeared on American Idol in a show devoted entirely to their music, and have been inducted twice into the Dance Music Hall of Fame and the R&B Hall of Fame.

Pendergrass is survived by his mother, Ida Pendergrass; his wife Joan; his children, Teddy Pendergrass II, Trisha Pendergrass and La Donna Pendergrass; daughters from his marriage to Joan, Sherilla Lestrade and Jessica Avila; and grandchildren Montaurius Driane, Desaray Drane, Teddy Pendergrass III, Alana Nida Sky Pendergrass, Gabriel Gomes, Jasmine Lestrade and Jeremiah Sanford. Additionally, Pendergrass is survived by his daughter-in-law, Felicia Pendergrass, as well as relatives Francine Pendergrass, Georger Mouzon and Neverland Dent.

The official public viewing will be held Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church, 2800 West Cheltenham Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19150. The funeral will be held Saturday, Jan. 23 at 10 a.m., also at Enon Tabernacle Baptist Church. Internment will follow at West Laurel Hill Cemetery, Bala Cynwyd, PA.
The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be sent to The Joan & Teddy Pendergrass Memorial, P.O. Box 382, Gladwyne, PA 19035.

More information on Teddy Pendergrass and all Philadelphia International Records artists at www.Gamble-Huffmusic.com

Update

From Bob Corritore

RIP Teddy Pendegrass, March 26,1950 - January 13, 2010. Best known for his stirring, romantic soul songs of the 70s, Pendegrass rose to popularity as lead singer of Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes, before creating a string of his own hits. Pendegrass' life was severely altered in 1982, when a tragic auto accident left him paralyzed. Despite his crippling injury he remained active in music throughout his life. He also created the Teddy Pendergrass Alliance, a foundation that helps those with spinal cord injuries. He died in Philadelphia on Wednesday of complications from colon cancer. He was 59. He will be remembered as a superstar of the highest degree. For his complete life story click here.


UPDATE

This is from the Rhythm And Blues Foundation


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, January 22, 2010

RHYTHM & BLUES FOUNDATION SPEAKS FOR R&B COMMUNITY

IN REMEMBERING FORMER BOARD MEMBER

TEDDY PENDERGRASS

Legendary Soul Singer to be laid to rest this weekend

in organization’s - and artist’s - home town of Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA – As R&B and Soul legend Teddy Pendergrass is laid to rest this weekend, the Rhythm & Blues Foundation - the pre-eminent non-profit organization dedicated to Rhythm & Blues music - spoke today for the entire R&B community in not only expressing its sympathy to the Pendergrass family, but its love and appreciation for the lasting impact its former Board member continues to have on the lives and careers of countless artists for generations to come.

Damon Williams, newly elected Chairman of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, joined several Board members in citing Teddy’s overall contribution as a musician and humanitarian who helped others with spinal cord injuries through his own foundation, as an outstanding example of the Rhythm & Blues Foundation’s vision.

“Teddy Pendergrass was a one-of-a-kind voice and a one-of-a kind person whose contributions and impact on R&B music cannot be measured,” said Williams. “His dynamic voice, impeccable style, and warm personality were truly a gift to the world. Teddy was a dear friend and colleague of the R&B Foundation, who served diligently on our Board of Directors for several years. We’re especially proud that his home town of Philadelphia is our home as well, and we applaud and cheer Teddy for his life’s work. He was truly, as one his many hit songs reminds us, one of our ‘greatest inspirations.’”

The Rhythm & Blues Foundation provides financial and medical assistance, educational outreach, performance opportunities and archival activities. Its programs recognize artistic contributions and excellence. The Rhythm & Blues Foundation continues to be the pre-eminent non-profit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of Rhythm & Blues music, and the recognition of participants in its community, by providing services and programs to Rhythm & Blues artists and their fans.

For complete information about the Rhythm & Blues Foundation, go to www.rhythm-n-blues.org.