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June 24, 1987

PENN VALLEY, Pa. (AP) _ Rhythm and blues singer Teddy Pendergrass and his bride are on their honeymoon following a private weekend wedding, a spokeswoman said Wednesday.

About 50 guests attended the ceremony at Pendergrass’ Penn Valley home Saturday, said Sedonia Walker, executive vice president of Teddy Bear Enterprises Top Priority Records.

Pendergrass’ bride, Karen Still, has lived with him for five years. Ms. Walker said she is a ballerina who left the Philadanco troupe last year and is in her 30s.

The ceremony lasted about 20 minutes after which the couple left for a week-long honeymoon at an undisclosed location. Pendergrass, 37, will begin work on a new album when he returns, Ms. Walker said.

The couple met in 1977 when Pendergrass embarked on a solo career and Ms. Walter choreographed parts of his performances.

He was a leading purveyor of the Philly Sound brand of soul in the 1970s as lead singer for Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. The group had hits with ″The Love I Lost,″ ″Wake Up Everybody,″ and ″If You Don’t Know Me By Now.″ His biggest solo hit was ″Close the Door,″ in 1978.

Pendergrass was partially paralyzed in 1982 when he drove his Rolls-Royce off a road in Philadelphia. Through intense rehabilitation, he regained partial use of his arms and hands but his legs remain paralyzed.


CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (AP) - Jazz great Sarah Vaughan hurt her knee in a fall but limped onstage to perform an hour’s worth of favorites at the Riverbend Festival.

Miss Vaughan sang Tuesday night in an outdoor concert with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra as part of the 10-day music festival along the banks of the Tennessee River.

″I fell in the shower,″ she told the audience before launching into ″Fascinating Rhythm.″

In his introduction of the singer, symphony conductor Vakhtang Jordania said, ″Miss Sarah Vaughan hurt her knee, but she is ready to sing.″

Sitting on a stool next to a piano, Miss Vaughan sang tunes such as ″I’ve Got a Crush on You,″ ″Just Friends,″ ″Leftover Dreams,″ and ″Old Man Sunshine,″ and received a standing ovation at show’s finish.


SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Santana, the Doobie Brothers, Bonnie Raitt and James Taylor will spend the Fourth of July on a Moscow stage, part of a rock extravaganza and anti-nuclear demonstration.

The American stars will team up with Soviet rock ‘n’ roll bands for the free six-hour outdoor concert in the 25,000-seat Dynamo Stadium, veteran promoter Bill Graham said in an interview published Wednesday.

″They’ve never had anything even closely resembling this in Russia,″ Graham told the San Francisco Chronicle.

Graham’s been to Moscow twice in the past month to help organize the concert, planned as the climax of the Soviet Peace March. The march, which is a follow-up to the ″Great Peace March″ across the United States last year, involves 200 Americans and 200 Soviets who are making their way from Leningrad to Moscow to protest the arms race.

Most of the $600,000 for the performance came from Silicon Valley computer magnate and rock fan Steve Wozniak, who will attend.

″We are taking advantage of an opportunity to make a statement on their soil to have these artists who have supported the anti-nuclear movement make that statement from the stage in Moscow,″ Graham said.


MELBOURNE, Fla. (AP) - President Reagan will soon have a memento of his three-hour visit in this Florida city: an adding machine that refuses to go beyond $99,999.99 to use in his battle to hold down the budget.

The machine was a gift to Reagan from Marie Kelly, an antiques collector in nearby Cocoa Beach.

″I heard that Reagan wants to use it in Washington for a few speeches,″ said June Johns of the Greater South Brevard Area Chamber of Commerce, which was host to a luncheon speech by Reagan on Monday.

When Reagan arrived in Melbourne, he told a cheering crowd he wanted Congress to adopt a budget ″without burdening the people with taxes.″

W.G. Strawbridge, chamber executive vice president, said he was ″wrapping up a lot of little details″ Tuesday, including sending the ″budget subtracting″ adding machine to Washington.

But as the bills for the chamber luncheon roll in, Strawbridge said the chamber could use a similar machine. ″People don’t realize it costs a lot of money to put an event like that on,″ he said.


WICHITA, Kan. (AP) - It took him eight days to fly from Liberal, Kan., to Fulton, Ky., but pilot Jim Johnson got a national aviation record he was after.

In a series of flights totaling 6,390 miles, Johnson managed to land and take off in each of the lower 48 states of the United States. He started in Kansas and wound up in Kentucky on Friday in the little Cessna 150 he nicknamed Constitution 200, in honor of the Constitution’s bicentennial.

The eight-day trip to 48 states established a record for a single-engine, 100-horsepower aircraft.

″It was the most uneventful trip I’ve ever had in my life,″ said Johnson, 52, of Annapolis, Md. ″The plane performed like brand-new - better than brand-new.″ The only problem was ″some grubby weather″ over South Carolina that extended the trip by a day, he said.

Johnson sent logbooks to the National Aeronautics Association in Washington on Monday to confirm his feat. The only snag had come in Powell, Wyo., where Johnson could find no one at the airport to sign his logbooks as witnesses. His solution? He taxied the plane in front of the terminal and snapped a picture for evidence.

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