Teddy Pendergrass

Teddy Pendergrass performs in 1979.

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Ever wonder how Teddy Pendergrass went from a singer in Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes to a man women swoon over? Give Shep Gordon some of the credit. Mike Myers' directorial debut, "Supermensch," concerns the life of Gordon, who got into the music management business by representing Alice Cooper. (The other reason was to ease out of the marijuana dealing business he had on the side.)

From chance encounters with Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix, through his dealings with Blondie, Luther Vandross, the Dalai Lama and the food industry, "Supermensch" is a unique exploration of one manager's life. 

Gordon's freestyle approach to management in the 1970s was a decadent marriage of rock 'n' roll, opportunity and fame. The atypical part of the story that "Supermensch" cogently conveys is Gordon's benevolence, his search for meaning, family and fairness in an environment stained with excess.   

Pendergrass was among Gordon's clients and in this clip, he turns a frustration with a performance into a money-making idea. The documentary begins a limited run on June 6.

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