Stephanie Mills Pays Tribute to Teddy Pendergrass
Generations of music lovers mourned this week when legendary soul singer Teddy Pendergrass passed away on Wednesday (Jan 13). The 59-year-old inspired a number of successful artists, including Grammy award-winning R&B soul singer Stephanie Mills, who worked closely with Pendergrass early in her career. The former Broadway star appeared on the Mo’nique show last night (Jan 14) where she performed her 1981 duet with Pendergrass titled “Two Hearts.”
The song, a hit single from her album ‘Stephanie’ was a source of success for both her and Pendergrass, whom she had a close working relationship with. After some encouragement from Mo’nique to be open and share the details of her relationship with Pendergrass, Mills relayed a humorous story about the late singer, joking that Pendergrass had once tricked her into hosting a party for 3000 people.
Mills, who began her musical career at the age of 9, won the ‘Amateur Night’ competition at the Apollo Theater six times before she went on to win a Grammy award. Teddy Pendergrass passed away at the age of 59 following recovery complications from colon cancer surgery.