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Berry Gordy
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Mary Wells
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Tammi Terrell

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Tammi Terrell

American recording artist, best known as a star singer for Motown Records during the 1960s, most notably for a series of duets with singer Marvin Gaye add

Category: Music

Born in 1945.

Countries: United States (57%), United Kingdom (10%), Michigan (10%)

Main connections: Marvin Gaye, Motown, Berry Gordy

Linked to: Motown, The Temptations, Billboard, Music Sales Group




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Tammi Terrell was born in 1945 add something


Marvin Gaye - Gaye was one of many who shaped the sound and success of Motown Records in the 1960s, becoming that label's top-selling solo artist of that decade with a string of hits including "How Sweet It Is ", "Ain't That Peculiar", "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" and his duet singles with singers such as Mary Wells and Tammi Terrell


In 1963, she recorded the song, "I Cried", on Brown's Try Me Records add something


After a period attending college, Terrell recorded briefly for Checker Records, before signing with Motown in 1965 add something


In 1965, Terrell forged on a romance with then-Temptations singer David Ruffin add something


In April of 1965, during a performance at the Twenty Grand Club in Detroit, she was spotted by Motown CEO Berry Gordy, who promised to sign her to Motown add something


In 1966, Terrell recorded two future classics, Stevie Wonder's "All I Do " and The Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine " add something


All four songs were included on Gaye and Terrell's first duet album, "United", released in the late summer of 1967 add something


Already depressed from the first diagnosis of her illness back in late 1967 and from her onstage collapse, Marvin Gaye further withdrew from performing following Terrell's death, re-emerging two years later performing during a benefit concert at the newly-opened Kennedy Center at Washington, D.C. in May 1972 add something


In late 1967, the duo scored a third top ten single with "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You", which peaked at number ten on the pop chart and number-two on the R&B chart add something


Terrell's career was interrupted when she collapsed into Gaye's arms as the two performed in a late 1967 concert, with Terrell later being diagnosed with a brain tumor add something


The song, originally written for Dusty Springfield, became a crossover pop hit in the spring of 1967, reaching number nineteen on the Billboard Hot 100 and number three on the R&B charts, making Terrell a star add something


Though it was later claimed that Ruffin had hit Terrell with a hammer and a machete, these claims were denied by Terrell's family and her Motown label mates, though Ludie Montgomery confirmed a story that Terrell was hit on the side of her face by Ruffin's motorcycle helmet, leading to the end of their relationship in 1967 add something


However, on October 14, 1967, while performing with Gaye at Hampden-Sydney College, outside of the college of Farmville, Virginia, Terrell fell and buckled onstage; Gaye quickly responded by grabbing her by the arms and helping her offstage add something


Marvin Gaye - In 1967, Gaye began working on duets with singer Tammi Terrell


Tears Dry on Their Own - While the melody and lyrics are composed by Winehouse, the music behind her voice is a sample interpolation of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's 1967 Motown classic hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", penned by the married duo of Ashford & Simpson


By 1969, Terrell had retired from live performances as she had been ordered by doctors not to perform due to her tumors add something


Late in 1969, Terrell made her final public appearance at the Apollo Theater where Marvin Gaye was headlining the bill add something


Motown issued Terrell's first and only solo album, "Irresistible", released in 1969 add something


By early 1970, Terrell had been forced to be confined to a wheelchair, suffered from blindness, hair loss and weighed a scant 93 lbs add something

Tammi Terrell died in 1970 add something


Following her eighth and final operation on January 25, 1970, Terrell relapsed into a coma where she would remain for the next month and a half of her life add something


She had eight unsuccessful operations before succumbing to the illness on March 16, 1970 at the age of 24 add something


Marvin Gaye - Following the death of Tammi Terrell in 1970, Gaye went into seclusion, emerging the following year with "What's Going On" and its subsequent album, which helped to make him one of the first artists in Motown to break away from the reins of Motown's production company to be his own artist


Marvin Gaye - On March 16, 1970, Tammi Terrell succumbed from brain cancer


In addition, Gaye's classic album "What's Going On", an introspective, low-key work which dealt with mature themes released in 1971, was in part a reaction to Terrell's death add something


Aretha Franklin - The album that featured the song, "Let Me in Your Life", was released later that year and nearly went gold featuring her hit covers of Wilson Pickett's and Bobby Womack's "I'm in Love" and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" in 1974


Marvin Gaye - Despite his promise not to tour following Tammi Terrell's death, due to pressure from fans and Motown, Gaye agreed to his first tour in four years, starting off at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on January 4, 1974


Cheryl Lynn - The 2nd single from the album, "If This World Were Mine" - a 1982 duet with Luther Vandross that cover-versioned a Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell song, has become a classic


On October 8, 2010, Hip-O Select released "Come On And See Me: The Complete Solo Collection", a collection of all of Terrell's solo work dating back to high school, plus never before released songs and 13 minutes of the only known live stage recordings add something


"Tammi Terrell: Unsung, TV One, 2011 However, when she was born, the parents settled on the name Thomasina, nicknaming her "Tommie" add something


In May 2015, it was announced that American actress and singer Kat Graham will star as the late artist in an upcoming untitled biopic add something