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Life Is a Song Worth Singing is the second album by Contemporary R&B crooner Teddy Pendergrass.

Life Is a Song Worth Singing
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 2, 1978
StudioSigma Sound Studios, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
GenreR&B, soul
LabelPhiladelphia International
ProducerKenny Gamble, Leon Huff, Jack Faith, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead, Victor Carstarphen, Sherman Marshall
Teddy Pendergrass chronology
Teddy Pendergrass
Life Is a Song Worth Singing
Singles from Life Is a Song Worth Singing
  1. "Close the Door / Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose"
    Released: May 4, 1978
  2. "Only You / It Don't Hurt Now"
    Released: September 12, 1978
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Christgau's Record GuideB+[2]

It contained two singles: "Only You" and "Close the Door". "Close The Door" reached number one on the US R&B music chart. Also, the ballads "It Don't Hurt Now" and "When Somebody Loves You Back" are staples on Quiet storm radio formats. The album itself did well on the charts as well, reaching number 11 on the US Pop chart and reaching number one on the R&B chart. It was nominated for an American Music Award, Favorite Soul/R&B Album in 1979.

The title track is a cover of the Johnny Mathis hit single "Life is a Song Worth Singing", which was released in 1973. The album was arranged by Jack Faith, Dexter Wansel, John L. Usry Jnr. and Thom Bell.


Track listingEdit

All tracks composed by Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff; except where indicated

  1. "Life Is a Song Worth Singing" (Thom Bell, Linda Creed)
  2. "Only You"
  3. "Cold, Cold World" (Victor Carstarphen, Gene McFadden, John Whitehead)
  4. "Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose"
  5. "Close the Door"
  6. "It Don't Hurt Now" (Sherman Marshall, Ted Wortham)
  7. "When Somebody Loves You Back"


Chart (1978) Peak
U.S. Billboard Top LPs 11
U.S. Billboard Top Soul LPs 1
Year Single Peak chart positions


1978 "Close the Door" 25 1
"Only You" 106 22 29
"Life Is a Song Worth Singing"

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit


  1. ^ Wynn, Ron. Life Is a Song Worth Singing review at AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-04-04.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved March 10, 2019 – via
  3. ^ a b c d "US Charts > Teddy Pendergrass". Allmusic. Retrieved 2013-04-04.