Posted by | Ray Cornelius

The life and music of the late Teddy Pendergrass is being examined in a new Showtime film titled Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me. It premieres Friday, February 8 at 9 p.m. and is part of their Black History Month programming.

Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me, explores the rise of legendary soul singer who was the first male African American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums. Set against the backdrop of 1960s America, and his comeback after a life-changing accident, Pendergrass’ untold and ultimately inspiring story. The unforgettable voice of hits “Don’t Leave Me This Way,” “If You Don’t Know Me By Now,” “Love T.K.O” and “Close the Door,” Pendergrass’ career was struck by tragedy in 1982 when a car accident left him paralyzed at the age of just 31. He later made a triumphant comeback in front of a global audience of 1.9 billion at Live Aid.

Watch the trailer below:

Will you be tuning in?

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