Teddy Pendergrass – 1978 – Life Is a Song Worth Singing
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Need I explain the greatness of “Close the Door“? Or “It Don’t Hurt You“? Or even “When Somebody Loves You Back“? It seems Teddy picked the lower tempo songs for the back end of the album and the faster for the front. As it turns out, Teddy is best when he lets those joints grind and sings about love/sex.
“It Don’t Hurt You” kind of reminds me of Whitney Houston’s “Saving All My Love for You” rhythmically (well, I guess that should be the other way around shouldn’t it). All the songs are pretty good on the front, but the back is where it’s at.
A1 Life Is a Song Worth Singing 4:12
A2 Only You 5:05
A3 Cold, Cold World 4:32
A4 Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose 5:35
B1 Close the Door 5:27
B2 It Don’t Hurt Now 6:00
B3 When Somebody Loves You Back 4:58
Life Is a Song Worth Singing is the second album by Contemporary R&B crooner Teddy Pendergrass.
It contained two singles: “Only You” and “Close the Door“. “Close The Door” reached number one on the US R&B music chart. Also, the ballads “It Don’t Hurt Now” and “When Somebody Loves You Back” are staples on Quiet storm radio formats. The album itself did well on the charts as well, reaching number 11 on the US Pop chart and reaching number one on the R&B chart. It was nominated for an American Music Award, Favorite Soul/R&B Album in 1979.
The title track is a cover of the Johnny Mathis hit single “Life is a Song Worth Singing“, which was released in 1973. The album was arranged by Jack Faith, Dexter Wansel, John L. Usry Jnr. and Thom Bell.
This was the album that convinced anyone who had doubts about the wisdom of Pendergrass leaving Harold Melvin &the Blue Notes that he had made a good decision. Although he only got one R&B hit from the album, there were enough strong ballads and uptempo cuts to show that Pendergrass had the sound, personality, and style to cut it on his own. He would shortly become R&B’s greatest male attraction, but in the interim, Philadelphia International was laying the ground work.