In 1982, Teddy Pendergrass was on top of the world, he had just left Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes amidst dissension with Harold Melvin who many industry people state was jealous of Teddy’s appeal with the ladies and his undeniable talent. Teddy had put the group on the map and now it was time to pursue a solo career. He was almost instantly a huge soul singing sensation who had to duck panties and bras flying on stage from women in the audience who would have given life and limb to be with him.
Today a man having a relationship with a transgender woman is considered taboo but a successful hardcore masculine ladies man soul singer was beyond comprehension for black fans and in 1982 the scandal left black women in cardiac shock. Realizing they really DIDN’T know Teddy Pendergrass… by now! At the height of his career, Teddy Pendergrass saw all hell break loose in one night. Seeing a transgendered prostitute named Tenika Watson at a club, the singer spoke and was ready to leave and so was she.
They got in the car and the rest is R&B history. While any man or woman should be able to date and have a relationship with whoever they want, female fans felt that Teddy owed it to them to be who THEY wanted him to be. Unfortunately they were in for an additional shock after hearing the singer was now paralyzed. Teddy Pendergrass had to have been absolutely devastated by the scandal that not only left him paralysed but destroyed his career as a R&B singing ladies man. In the years following much speculation and distasteful jokes were made about the situation penalizing Teddy for being a fakehqdefault.
Tenika Watson, the transgender woman and former prostitute tells what really happened the night she got into the car with Teddy Pendergrass on the night of the crash that left him paralyzed more than 30 years ago. In this video clip, it is evident Tenika and Teddy were having a lengthy affair and they had not just met that night… in addition it appears Teddy’s car may have been rigged by an enemy (enemies) per Tenika’s description of what happened that night while he was in the club. While she doesn’t speak of it in this clip it also appears that Dr J’s ex wife,Turquoise Erving, was not in the car as speculated for years. Since they were leaving a club, that part may or may not be true. This is the second time in recent weeks that the late Teddy Pendergrass has been in the news, recently his son was accused of submitting a false will on Teddy’s behalf. (see video clip below)