Tammi Terrell
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Tammi Terrell
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.
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Greatest Duets: It Takes Two - Arizona Public Media
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Hosted by Kenny Loggins, this one-hour special features a collection of music videos and TV performances by superstar artist pairings such as Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, Elton John and Kiki Dee, Aaron Neville and Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin and
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Nick Ashford Remembered - Washington Informer
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"He, together with his wife Valerie Simpson, wrote and produced some of the most unique and memorable songs in the Motown catalog for some of Motown's biggest artists, such as Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's 'You're All I Need To Get By
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Gladys Knight has charisma to spare - SignOnSanDiego.com
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2 hit with the original version of “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” in 1967, a year before the better-known version by Motown label mates Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell topped that charts. Another first, although of less note aesthetically,
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In Honor of Leiber & Ashord, 10 Great Behind-The-Scenes Songwriters You May ... - Dallas Observer (blog)
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Ashford & Simpson are responsible for megahits such as "Ain't No mountain High Enough" (first made famous Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell) and "I'm Every Woman" (made famous by Whitney Houston). Meanwhile, Lieber & Stoller wrote the eternal Elvis hits
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No music industry mountain high enough to stop Motown duo - The Age
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In Ain't No Mountain High Enough, from 1967, their first of several hits for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell, lovers in close harmony proclaim their determination that ''no wind, no rain, no winter's cold, can stop me, baby'', but also make cuter
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Decca makes up for Beatles blunder, R&B songwriter Nick Ashford succumbs to cancer - Manila Bulletin
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This got them started on a successful songwriting partnership that eventually saw the duo writing songs for legendary R&B music label Motown Records, where they penned the 1967 classic Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell duet “Ain't No Mountain High Enough
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Nick Ashford Dies at age 70 - Online Journal
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Their 1967 hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" was recorded by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. Other hits included Gaye and Terrell's "You're All I need To Get By," Chaka Khan's (later Whitney Houston's) "I'm Every Woman" and their own chart hit, ... -
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Nickolas Ashford - Telegraph.co.uk
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Probably their best known song was Ain't No Mountain High Enough, which was a hit first for Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell in 1967, and then in 1970 for Diana Ross, whose signature tune it became. Ashford and Simpson went on to write a string of hits ... - -
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Appreciation: My Eight Essential Tracks from Jerry Leiber and Nick Ashford - HitFix (blog)
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The Marvin Gaye/Tammi Terrell version is the definitive one given the way their voices wrap around each other, but I also love the production on the Diana Ross solo cover, cheesy as the talking is, and Michael McDonald's more recent rendition. ... - -
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What's On Today
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8 P.M. (13) BARBRA STREISAND: ONE NIGHT ONLY AT THE VILLAGE VANGUARD On Sept. 26, 2009, Ms. Streisand, below, gave a rare live performance at this Greenwich Village haunt, where she opened for Miles Davis 48 years earlier. Her handpicked audience included Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sarah Jessica Parker and Nicole Kidman. This special, which
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American Idols in Nashville: Jacob Lusk - USA Today (blog)
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The audience doesn't go as over the top for Jacob as they did for James, but they're into his performances of Luther Vandross' Never Too Much and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's You're All I Need to Get By. During the breakdown of You're All I Need to
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The Popdust Weekend Playlist - Popdust
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... Dry on Their Own” might have been Amy's most underrated single, a heartbreaking-but-not-self-pitying Other Woman tale set to the impossibly buoyant (and instantly recognizable) hook to Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's “Ain't No Mountain High Enough
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What's Going On [40th Anniversary Edition] - Pitchfork Media
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During this period, the singer had lost his duet partner and dear friend, Tammi Terrell, and his marriage to Gordy's sister Anna was violently breaking down, and he was being tailed by the IRS for unpaid back taxes. His resulting depression is evident
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During her short career, Winehouse left a legacy through her music - BG News
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(On "Back to Black") "Tears Dry On Their Own" -- Winehouse takes a sample of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's Motown hit "Ain't No Mountain High Enough" to create an amazingly catchy kiss-off to men. Her booming voice helps assure the listener that she
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Hear and Now: Dionne Bromfield - JohnJohnSaidIt.com
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Bromfield's first album, titled “Introducing Dionne Bromfield,” was released in 2009, and included Motown covers such as the Shirelles's “Mama Said” and “Foolish Little Girl,” Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell's “Ain't no Mountain High Enough” and Stevie
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Amy Whitehouse joins infamous 27 Club - OCRegister
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But then there's "Tears Dry on Their Own," a sublime slice of bittersweet pop, cast against the ebullient feel of Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell's "Ain't No Mountain High Enough. And there's "Love Is a Losing Game," as perfect a slow sad song as you can
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Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Tammi Terrell
    TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 24
    She had eight unsuccessful surgeries before succumbing to the illness on March 16, 1970 at the age of 24.
    More Details Hide Details Terrell was born as Thomasina Winifred Montgomery in Philadelphia, to Jennie (née Graham) and Thomas Montgomery. Jennie was an actress and Thomas was a barbershop owner and local politician. Tammi was the elder of two siblings. According to the Unsung documentary, her younger sister Ludie said that they had thought Terrell would be a boy and therefore she would be named after her father. However, when she was born, the parents settled on the name Thomasina, nicknaming her "Tommie". She later changed it to "Tammy" after seeing the film, Tammy and the Bachelor, and hearing its theme song, "Tammy", at the age of 12. Starting around this time, Terrell started to have migraine headaches. While it was not thought to be of significance at the time, family members would later state that these headaches might have been related to her later diagnosis of brain cancer. According to her sister, Terrell's mother suffered from mental illness.
    Following her eighth and final operation on January 25, 1970, Terrell went into a coma.
    More Details Hide Details She died on March 16 due to complications from brain cancer, a month shy of her 25th birthday. Terrell's funeral was held at the Janes Methodist Church in Philadelphia. At the funeral, Gaye delivered a final eulogy while "You're All I Need to Get By" was playing. According to Terrell's fiancé Dr. Garrett, who knew Gaye, her mother angrily barred everyone at Motown from her funeral except for Gaye, who she felt was Terrell's closest friend. Already depressed from the first diagnosis of her illness back in October 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 then newly opened Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., in May 1972. Terrell's mother criticized Motown for not helping with Terrell's illness and accused the label of covering up the singer's condition and releasing albums of Terrell's work without her approval. Gaye had also contended that he felt Motown was taking advantage of Terrell's illness and refused to promote the Easy album despite Motown telling him it would cover Terrell's health expenses.
    By early 1970 Terrell was confined to a wheelchair, suffered from blindness and hair loss, and weighed a scant.
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  • 1969
    Age 23
    Late in 1969, Terrell made her final public appearance at the Apollo Theater where Marvin Gaye was performing.
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    Motown issued Terrell's first and only solo album, Irresistible, in early 1969.
    More Details Hide Details Terrell was too ill to promote the recordings. There was no 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, Easy, went 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. Gaye would later say the move was "another moneymaking scheme on BG's part". Valerie Simpson, on the other hand, stated that the ailing Terrell was brought into the studio when she was strong enough to record over Simpson's guide vocals, insisting Terrell had sung on the album. Easy produced the singles "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By", "What You Gave Me", "California Soul" and the UK top ten hit, "The Onion Song".
    By 1969, Terrell had retired from live performances as she had been ordered by doctors not to perform due to her tumors.
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  • 1967
    Age 21
    However, on October 14, 1967, while performing with Gaye at Hampden–Sydney College, just outside the town of Farmville, Virginia, Terrell fell onstage; Gaye quickly responded by grabbing her by the arms and helping her offstage.
    More Details Hide Details Shortly after returning from Virginia, doctors diagnosed a malignant tumor on the right side of her brain. After recovering from her first surgery, Terrell returned to Hitsville studios in Detroit and recorded "You're All I Need to Get By". Both that song and "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing", reached No. 1 on the R&B charts. Despite Terrell's optimism, her tumor worsened requiring more surgeries.
    All four songs were included on Gaye and Terrell's first duet album, United, released in the late summer of 1967.
    More Details Hide Details 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 live performing. The duo also performed together on television shows to their hits. 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.
    The song became a crossover pop hit in the spring of 1967, reaching No. 19 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 3 on the R&B charts and making Terrell a star.
    More Details Hide Details Their follow-up, "Your Precious Love", became an even bigger hit, reaching No. 5 on the pop chart and No. 2 on the R&B chart. At the end of the year, the duo scored another top ten single with "If I Could Build My Whole World Around You", which peaked at No. 10 on the pop chart and No. 2 on the R&B chart. The song's B-side, the Marvin Gaye composition "If This World Were Mine", became a modest hit on both charts (No. 68 pop, No. 27 R&B). Gaye would later cite the song as "one of Tammi's favorites".
    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.
    More Details Hide Details During recording sessions, Gaye would recall later that he did not know how gifted Terrell was until they began singing together. At first the duets were recorded separately. For sessions of their first recording, the Ashford & Simpson composition, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough", both Gaye and Terrell recorded separate versions. Motown remixed the vocals and edited out the background vocals, giving just Gaye and Terrell vocal dominance.
  • 1966
    Age 20
    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)".
    More Details Hide Details Terrell joined the Motortown Revue after the release of her first single. During a tour in which she opened for The Temptations, Terrell met the band's lead singer David Ruffin and embarked on a torrid romance.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 19
    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.
    More Details Hide Details Terrell agreed and signed with the label on April 29, her 20th birthday. Before releasing her first single with Motown's Tamla subsidiary, "I Can't Believe You Love Me", Gordy suggested a name change. Figuring "Tammy Montgomery" was too long of a name to put on a single, Gordy changed it to "Tammi Terrell". He felt this name screamed "sex appeal". "I Can't Believe You Love Me" became Terrell's first R&B top forty single, followed almost immediately by "Come On and See Me".
  • 1963
    Age 17
    In 1963, she recorded the song "I Cried".
    More Details Hide Details Released on Brown's Try Me Records, it became her first charting single, reaching No. 99 on the Billboard Hot 100. After this tenure ended, Terrell signed with Checker Records and released the Bert Berns produced duet, "If I Would Marry You" with Jimmy Radcliffe, which Terrell co-composed. 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. In the middle of this, Terrell was asked by Jerry Butler to sing with him in a series of shows in nightclubs. After an arrangement was made by Butler to assure Terrell that she could continue her schooling, she began touring with Butler.
  • 1962
    Age 16
    In 1962 at age 17, she signed with James Brown and the two engaged in a sexual relationship.
    More Details Hide Details However, this relationship turned out to be abusive. After a horrific incident with Brown backstage after a show Terrell asked Chandler, who had witnessed the incident first hand, to take her to the bus station so she could go home. He later called Terrell's mother to pick her up. This ended Terrell's two-year affair with Brown. In 1965, Terrell began a romance with then-Temptations singer David Ruffin. The following year, Ruffin surprised Terrell with a marriage proposal. However, Terrell was devastated once she learned that Ruffin had a wife and three children and another girlfriend, also living in Detroit. This led to the couple having public fights. 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. After signing with Motown, she began friendships with some of the label's artists. One of her closest friends was her duet partner, Marvin Gaye, with whom she had a close platonic relationship. Though it's often alleged their relationship grew into a brief romance, those close to the singers denied this claim. Ashford & Simpson, and Gaye in later years, stated the relationship was almost sibling-like. Nevertheless, they were reported as having opposite personalities: Gaye being shy and introverted, Terrell being streetwise and extroverted.
  • 1960
    Age 14
    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.
    More Details Hide Details After another single, Terrell left the label and, after being introduced to James Brown, signed a contract with him and began singing backup for his Revue concert tours.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on April 29, 1945.
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