An event which foretold of tragedy in soul music history took place on October 14, In July, the song spent two weeks at No. It had three weeks at No.
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Tammi Terrell born Thomasina Winifred Montgomery ; April 29, — March 16, was an American singer—songwriter, widely known as a star singer for Motown Records during the s, 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 a barbershop owner and local politician. Terrell was the older of two siblings. According to the Unsung documentary , her sister Ludie said her parents thought Terrell would be a boy and therefore she would be named after her father.
Over a span of just 12 months beginning in April , the duo of Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell enjoyed a string of four straight hits with some of the greatest love songs ever recorded at Motown Records. Sadly, only the first two of those four hits were released while Tammi Terrell was still well enough to perform them. Two-and-a-half years later, on March 16, , Tammi Terrell died of complications from the malignant brain tumor that caused her collapse. But if you see something that doesn't look right, click here to contact us!
Her duets with Marvin Gaye became instant soul classics, and her tragic death from brain cancer just shy of her 25th birthday helped to cement her status as a musical icon. Her mother was an unsuccessful actress; her father owned a popular barber shop. She experienced severe migraine headaches as a child — an unfortunate harbinger of things to come. Terrell was discovered at age 15 by singer-songwriter-producer Luther Dixon . When the singles went nowhere, Terrell decided to go to college, where she majored in pre-med.