Tammi Terrell

Born Apr 29, 1945

Tammi Terrell was an 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. Terrell's career began as a teenager, first recording for Scepter/Wand Records, before spending nearly two years as a member of James Brown's Revue, recording for Brown's Try Me label.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on April 29, 1945.


1960 15 Years Old In 1960, Terrell signed under the Wand subsidiary of Scepter Records after being discovered by Luther Dixon, recording the ballad, "If You See Bill", under the name Tammy Montgomery and doing demos for The Shirelles. … Read More
1962 17 Years Old …  In 1962 at age 17, she signed with James Brown and the two engaged in a sexual relationship. … Read More
1963 18 Years Old In 1963, she recorded the song "I Cried". … Read More


1965 20 Years Old In April 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. … Read More
1966 21 Years Old In 1966, Terrell recorded two future classics, Stevie Wonder's "All I Do (Is Think About You)" and The Isley Brothers' "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)". … Read More
In early 1967, Motown hired Terrell to sing duets with Marvin Gaye, who had achieved duet success with Mary Wells and Kim Weston as well as having recorded duets with Oma Heard. … Read More
By 1969, Terrell had retired from live performances as she had been ordered by doctors not to perform due to her tumors.
By early 1970 Terrell was confined to a wheelchair, suffered from blindness and hair loss, and weighed a scant.
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