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Morning click: R&B icon Teddy Pendergrass, reggae great Yabby You pass away

- R&B chart topper Teddy Pendergrass passed away Wednesday at the age of 59. Late-'70s hits such as "Close the Door," "I Don't Love You Anymore," "Turn Off the Lights" and "Love T.K.O." established Pendergrass as one of the foremost sensual soul balladeers of the time. Check out that live video of "Close the Door" above. Heat. Albums "Life Is a Song Worth Singing," "Teddy" and "TP" were hits thanks to slow, sultry grooves and Pendergrass's velvety voice.

A 1982 car accident left him paralyzed from the waist down. He continued releasing albums, recording nearly a dozen until his retirement in 2006. Pendergrass underwent colon cancer surgery in 2009 and had been struggling with his recovery for many months.

- Reggae great Yabby You (Vivian Jackson) passed away on Tuesday in Jamaica. He was 63. Jackson cut some records with legendary dub producer King Tubby and stood out in the reggae genre (largely Rastafarian) for his Christian beliefs, which earned him his other nickname, Jesus Dread. Jackson had a stout discography and was also a noted producer. Like Pendergrass, he lived with a long-term disability -- he suffered from malnutrition as a child and didn't have full use of his legs. Listen to "Chant Down Babylon Kingdom" below.

(Vampire Weekend's impressive chart debut, after the jump.)

- Indie prepsters Vampire Weekend are looking like Billboard chart toppers. "Contra," released on Tuesday, will likely knock Ke$ha from the top spot on next week's charts with sales in the 60,000 to 75,000 range. The $3.99 album price offered by Amazon sure didn't hurt.

- The final recordings by Johnny Cash, collected on "American VI: Ain’t No Grave," will be released on Feb. 26. The Rick Rubin-produced set will include covers of songs by Sheryl Crow and Kris Kristofferson. Cash worked on the album until his death in Sept. 2003.

By David Malitz  |  January 14, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Morning click  | Tags: Teddy Pendergrass, Yabby You  
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Damn. Two big losses. Combined with Jay Retard, this is a terrible week for music...

Posted by: josh18 | January 14, 2010 9:46 AM | Report abuse

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