Showtime has released the first-look trailer for Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me, a documentary that explores the legendary soul singer’s stardom.
Pendergrass was the African-American artist to record five consecutive platinum albums, which include Life Is a Song Worth Singing (1978) and Teddy (1979).
The documentary will highlight the singer’s lifein the 1960s and detail his inspiring return to music after he was left paralyzed from the chest down after a car crash in March 1982. It will include never-before-seen performance footage and interviews with music greats Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff.
Pendergrass maintained a remarkable career until his retirement in 2007. He died in January 2010 of respiratory failure at age 59.
Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me will premiere on Showtime on Feb. 8 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.
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