Tampa Bay Garage Bands


A Special Tribute . . .

Aug 10, 1947 ~ March 16, 2003

A true Tampa legend, Buddy Pendergrass has thrilled bay area fans since he was a teenager playing with such bands as The Tropics and White Witch. Buddy was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee and moved to Tampa in the 1950s.

He was a true pro, a great keyboard player that knew the value of entertainment. This guy was born to entertain. Throughout the 1960s, 70s & 80s his face was a constant fixture on Tampa’s Rock & Roll scene.

Late in 2002 Buddy was diagnosed with cancer, it had attacked his system viciously before doctors found the illness. Buddy fought hard and bravely against this killer, but it had too much of head start. He died peacefully on March 16th.

Buddy leaves behind his wife, children, Mom and Dad, 2 sisters and a legion of fans that have been supporting his music for the better part of 5 decades.

55 years old is much too young to pass, but it was a very rich 55 years Buddy lived. He crammed a lot of life into those years. He lived life to its fullest, stopping to smell every rose.

In 1998 Buddy found the Lord and his life changed in a dynamic way. He had finally found what he had been looking for, that void was filled and Buddy was a new man, a complete man. He finally found happiness.

Buddy Pendergrass was loved by many, and he will be missed by all.

Copyright © 2002 By TEDD WEBB • All Rights Reserved