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Tammi Terrell born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery ; April 29, — March 16, was an American recording artist, best known as a star singer for Motown Records during the s, most notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye.
After a period attending college, Terrell recorded briefly for Checker Records, before signing with Motown in Terrell's career was interrupted when she collapsed into Gaye's arms as the two performed at a concert at Hampden—Sydney College on October 14,with Terrell later being diagnosed with a brain tumor.
She had eight unsuccessful surgeries before succumbing to the illness on March 16, at the age of Jennie was an actress and Thomas was Rolling Upon My Day - Dome - 1-4+5 barbershop owner and local politician. Terrell was the oldest of two siblings. According to the Unsung documentaryher sister Ludie said her parents thought Terrell would be a boy and therefore she would be named after her father.
Terrell attended Germantown High School in Philadelphia. After another single, Terrell left the label and, after being introduced to James Brownsigned a contract with him and began singing backup for his Revue concert tours.
Inshe recorded the song " I Cried ". Following this relative failure, Terrell announced a semi-retirement from the music business and enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania where she majored in pre-med, staying at the school for two years.
After an arrangement was made by Butler to assure Terrell that she could continue her schooling, she began touring with Butler. Figuring "Tammy Montgomery" was Make It Last Forever - Paul Jackson Jr. - Out Of The Shadows long of a name to put on a single, Gordy changed it to "Tammi Terrell". He felt this name screamed "sex appeal".
During recording sessions, Gaye would recall later that he did not know how gifted Terrell was until they began singing together. Motown Haleys Comet - Tom Russell - Wounded Heart the vocals and edited out the background Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Motown Superstar Series Vol.2 - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrellgiving just Gaye and Terrell vocal dominance.
The song became a crossover pop hit in the spring ofreaching No. Their follow-up, " Your Precious Love ", became an even bigger hit, Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Motown Superstar Series Vol.2 - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell No.
Gaye would later cite the song as "one of Tammi's favorites". All four songs were included on Gaye and Terrell's first duet album, Unitedreleased in the late summer of Throughout that year, Gaye and Terrell began performing together and Terrell became a vocal and performance inspiration for the shy and laid-back Gaye, who hated Veronique Page - Eminor Binary #23 (File) performing.
The duo also performed together on television shows to their hits. They were voted the No. While Terrell was finally being established as a star, the migraines and headaches she had suffered from childhood were becoming more constant. While she complained of pains, she insisted to people close to her that she was well enough to perform.
However, on October 14,while performing with Gaye at Hampden—Sydney College just outside the town of Farmville, VirginiaTerrell fell onstage; Gaye quickly responded by grabbing her by the arms and helping her offstage. Despite Terrell's optimism, her tumor worsened requiring more surgeries. ByTerrell had retired from live performances as she had been ordered by doctors not to perform due to her tumors. Motown issued Terrell's first and only solo album, Irresistiblein early Terrell was too ill to promote the recordings.
There was Nature Destruction - Die Form - ExHuman new repertoire on the album: all tracks had been recorded earlier and had subsequently been shelved for some time.
Both Marvin Gaye and Valerie Simpson gave different stories on how the production of Terrell's and Gaye's third album together, Easywent about. According to reports, Terrell had gotten so ill from her operations that she could not record, and Motown opted to have Valerie Simpson sub in for Terrell, a report that was repeated in the book Marvin Gaye: What's Going On and the Last Days of the Motown Sound.
Late inTerrell made her final public appearance at the Apollo Theater where Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell - Motown Superstar Series Vol.2 - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell Gaye was performing. Inyear-old Terrell became sexually involved in an abusive relationship with James Brown who was 12 years her senior. One night on the road inTerrell left Brown after he assaulted her for not watching his entire performance. Bobby Bennettformer member of the Famous Flameswitnessed the incident.
She was bleeding, shedding blood. Tammi left him because she didn't want her butt whipped," said Bennett. During the Motortown Revue inTerrell embarked on a torrid romance with the band's lead singer David Ruffin. After Terrell announced their engagement onstage during an appearance together, she discovered that he was already married. This revelation and Ruffin's drug addiction contributed to the volatility of their relationship which led to violent arguments.
Terrell told Ebony magazine in that she believed her emotional state during this relationship was a contributing factor to her headaches which would come after quarrels. At the time of Terrell's death, she was engaged to Dr. Ernest "Ernie" Garrett. Following her eighth and final operation on January 21,Terrell went into a coma. She died on March 16 from complications from brain cancera month shy of her 25th birthday. Terrell's funeral was held at the Janes Methodist Church in Philadelphia.
Ernest "Ernie" Garrett, who knew Gaye, her mother angrily barred everyone at Motown from her funeral, except for Gaye, whom she felt was Terrell's closest friend.
Gaye never fully got over Terrell's death, according to several biographers who have stated that Terrell's death led Gaye to depression and drug abuse.
In addition, Gaye's classic album What's Going Onan introspective, low-key work which dealt with mature themes released inwas in part a reaction to Terrell's death. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Tammi Terrell. Main article: Marvin Gaye. Parisis - Various - Crosstown Rebels Present Rebel Futurism Session Two you're out on the road like we were, you hear and see things. We all knew about Tammi and James Brown. We knew how James Brown was about women, that he would flip a woman's ass. And back then, you wouldn't ever get the woman's side so people would assume, fairly or not, he flipped her ass because she provoked him to.
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