Pendergrass's impassioned vocals turned Philadelphia International Records into a hit factory and the young, handsome singer into a sex symbol. By the time he parted company with the Blue Notes in 1976, Pendergrass was a megastar, scoring gold or platinum with his first five solo releases.
Then in 1982 it all came crashing down. Literally. A car wreck left the then-32-year-old singer confined to a wheelchair. The accident did little to diminish Pendergrass's voice or faith. The following year he was back recording and performing live. Now he's come to Miami to show off his greatest hits. So take a listen -- and a lesson -- from Professor Pendergrass: Old-school soul is some old, cool soul.