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Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell

Singer Tammi Terrell joined forces with the immortal Marvin Gaye to create some of the greatest love songs ever to emerge from the Motown hit factory; sadly, their series of classic duets -- "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing," and "You're All I Need to Get By" among them -- came to an abrupt and tragic halt with her premature death. Terrell was born Thomasina Montgomery in Philadelphia on April 29, 1945; after winning a number of local talent contests, by the age of 13 she was regularly opening club dates for acts including Gary "U.S." Bonds and Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles. In 1961, she was discovered by producer Luther Dixon and signed to Scepter. Credited as Tammy Montgomery, she made her debut with the single "If You See Bill," followed early the next year by "The Voice of Experience." After James Brown caught Terrell's live act, she was signed to his Try Me label, issuing "I Cried" in 1963 and also touring with his live revue. "If I Would Marry You" appeared on Checker a year later, during which time she also studied pre-med at the University of Pennsylvania.

While performing with Jerry Butler in Detroit in 1965, Terrell was spotted by Motown chief Berry Gordy, Jr., making her label debut with "I Can't Believe You Love Me." When subsequent outings "Come On and See Me," "This Old Heart of Mine (Is Weak for You)," and "Hold Me Oh My Darling" earned little notice, she was paired with Gaye, who previously recorded duets with Mary Wells and Kim Weston. His chemistry with Terrell was immediate and in 1967, they entered the pop Top 20 with the magnificent "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," the first in a series of lush, sensual hits authored by the husband-and-wife team of Nickolas Ashford and Valerie Simpson. "Your Precious Love" cracked the Top Five a few months later and in 1968, the twosome topped the R&B charts with both "Ain't Nothing Like the Real Thing" and "You're All I Need to Get By." The success of these later hits was nevertheless tempered by Terrell's off-stage travails -- after an extended period of severe migraine headaches, in 1967 she collapsed in Gaye's arms while in concert at Virginia's Hampton-Sydney College, and was diagnosed with a brain tumor.

Although the tumor forced Terrell to retire from performing live, she continued to record with Gaye even as her health deteriorated; however, as time went on, Valerie Simpson herself assumed uncredited vocal duties on a number of hits, including 1969's "Good Lovin' Ain't Easy to Come By" and "What You Gave Me." (For several other tracks, Gaye's vocals were added to pre-existing Terrell solo recordings.) In all, Terrell endured eight operations, ultimately resulting in loss of memory and partial paralysis; she finally died in Philadelphia on March 16, 1970. Gaye was so devastated by her decline and eventual passing that he retired from the road for three years; her loss also contributed greatly to the spiritual turmoil which informed his 1971 masterpiece What's Going On. At the time of her death, Tammi Terrell was just 24 years old. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi
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I am old enuf 2 remebr the 2 on stage and you could C the love for each other I was heart broken for both and now we don't have either of the great duo. I enjoy their music to this day. If kids today could only learn a little from the music and lifestyles of the past they too might call their music "Golden" I do listen to some of today's music but very little.
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One of my favorite duo Tammy Terrell/Marv i n Gaye!! Voices blended so nice smooth
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charles.stev e n s stop focusing on the negative. marvin and tamii were fabulous and i believe that if she had lived she would have saved him
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Baby I'm for real
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mperry9934
Tammy Terrell and Marvin Gaye are duo together but she died I was heartbroken when they died
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What a handsome duo,and their voices blended so perfectly.Ma r v i n must've been devastated when she practically died in his died in his arms.Tammi Terrel was very pretty.
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They don't talk about how she was getting her a** beat by Mr. Motown David Ruffin though do they? Sad footnote to an otherwise brilliant artist.
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Great!!!
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i was not familiar with tammy, but i always loved marvin, how sad for us that we lost them too soon.
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Two of the best ever...no longer with us. Our loss, heaven's gain.
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Gosh this is just amazing <3
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myerika66
No she's dead
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Very well written. Beautiful, in fact! :*-)
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Every time I hear this I feel so loved,sucked up in my mamas arms safe,she gave me everything
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Ok that's so sad I didn't know she was dead :(
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Marvin Gaye
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Your great!
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Very well enjoyed thanks Pandora
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ericcwil75
Nice is all I can say!
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Peace,Love and Happiness to Mankind thank you Stevie.888
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At the time of her death, Tammi Terrell was just 24 years old. Incredibly depressing. I always felt like Marvin never fully regained his mental stability--s t i l l made great music but was kind of drifting the rest of his life. Maybe I'm over psychoanalyz i n g .
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nixonftr
You
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this song still hasn't gotten old haha
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mitchellmbra x t o n 8
Wow Deep
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Marvin gay
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Love this can of music
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kim_auguste
It is a tragedy that she, Tammi Terrell was only 24 years old when she died...wow!! ! ! What a legacy at such an early age!!!
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I love it
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I love this song from gurdeins of the galxy
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ddy0815
SOOOOOO SWEET !
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Guardians of the Galaxy forever!
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Yyeess!!
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caupp60
I love when the football players sing this song in Remember the Titans.
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baby call me when im on the tiolet
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This is the greatest song because I am in Love with my life partner - Sherry I Love You!
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��great songs
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Great song
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nancy72353
Tammi Terrell was the best.
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greenionu
I love all of them
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I love you Marin Gaye and Tammi Terrell song
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I believe in anything great can happen just believe first.
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They were a great duo Rip to them both.
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pelagicperso n
Tammy will always be a part of my fondest memories in music
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ldyzee5
Tammi Terrell was the best
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Great song
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If Tammi was still alive Dianna Ross would unheard of. Sad, but true some must die so others can live.
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What an amazing we were blessed with. Two angels singing in heaven now. ♡
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ruts1944
Two of the best.
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Love old school
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A classic pairing of talents..... . Wonderful !!!!
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